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101 MEN AND WOMEN OF NEW MEXICO
101 Men and 101 Women Who Contributed to New Mexico's History
By Betty Woods

These 101 men and 101 women who made history in New Mexico are people of adventure and challengers of destiny. The early ones explored and pioneered in this land of paradox. Between the years of Fray Marcos de Niza and the “Moon Men” is a vast pageant of history played by the men and women appearing in this book. With rocket speed we span the centuries from 1536 to those as they fly to the moon. The purpose of this little book is to acquaint you quickly with those men and women whose accomplishments left a deep imprint on New Mexico. To a great extent New Mexico is what it is today for their having been here. You’ll find their names chiseled on cliffsides, in ancient ruins, in journals and in modern news media. And you will meet for the first time some humble people whose stories have never been recognized before. All these people, the known and unknowns, in their very special experiences merit your acquaintance.

Betty Woods was a long-established writer whose articles on the American Southwest appeared in national magazines. For 26 years her “Trip of the Month” ran in New Mexico Magazine to take readers to interesting parts of the state.


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6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-913270-58-5
26 pp.,$14.95


THE ADOBE KINGDOM
New Mexico 1598 - 1958 as Experienced by the Families Lucero de Godoy y Baca
By Donald L. Lucero

"Superbly researched and written, the true history of two New Mexico families through four centuries." --Michael L. Olsen, Ph.D. Professor of History, New Mexico Highlands University

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The Adobe Kingdom is one of those rare things: the true story of two families across twelve generations. They came to New Mexico seeking a new homeland, not to initiate a new society but to transplant an old one. What they found, as they lived their lives in what they came to believe was one of the most beautiful places on earth, was a forbidding land, both hostile and nurturing, and not unlike the land they had left behind. Their daily contact with its remarkable landscape assured that they would remain a pastoral people centered on their herds and flocks and, at once, one with the land. Culturally isolated and little disturbed by outside influences for over two and one-half centuries, they retained their way of life.

Yearning for his roots and for a return to the land of his birth, Donald Lucero follows two families across twelve generations, from their entry into New Mexico at La Toma del Rio del Norte, in 1598, to their achievement of statehood in 1912 and beyond. This account of their journey, littered with both joys and sorrows, invites the reader to share in the New Mexico experience.

Lucero is a former resident of Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he was born in his father's home, formerly the home of his paternal grandfather. He was educated in the Las Vegas schools through college, where in 1958 he received his B. A. in history from New Mexico Highlands University. After service with the U. S. Army, he served a two-year commitment with the U. S. Peace Corps in Colombia, South America. He then returned to New Mexico on a Peace Corps Preferential Fellowship to pursue graduate work in Counseling at the University of New Mexico. He received his M.A. in Counseling from this institution in 1965 and returned to complete his doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 1970.

Since completion of a post-doctoral fellowship in Community Psychiatry and a second master's degree in Mental Health Administration at the University of North Carolina Medical School and School of Public Health, he has held several clinical and administrative positions in mental health. Dr. Lucero, a licensed psychologist, conducts a private practice in psychology in Raynham Massachusetts. He is also the author of A Nation of Shepherds and The Rosas Affair, both from Sunstone Press.

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6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-669-7
384 pp.,$26.95


ADVENTURES OF A PHYSICIST
From Peddling News To Making It
By John S. Rinehart

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Student, educator, experimenter, consultant and world traveler--all these describe John S. Rinehart. Educated at Northeast Missouri State Teachers college, Caltech and the University of Iowa, he went on to World War II work in the development of the proximity fuze, for which he received the Presidential Certificate of Merit, the test of these fuzes and later to original research regarding metal/explosive systems, meteorites and geysers.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-289-7
232 pp.,$18.95


ALIAS BILLY THE KID
The Man Behind The Legend
By Donald Cline

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Who was Billy the Kid? Was he Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim or William H. Bonny? Was he a Robin Hood or a cold-blooded outlaw? History says he was a little of both but in this book Donald Cline exposes Billy the Kid as a cowardly crook who did not hesitate to kill for money. Cline explodes all the popular myths and misrepresentations to bring us an authentic Billy the Kid, a cattle rustler, horse thief and murderer. Illustrated with historical photographs, Booklist has said that “…Cline’s book nicely balances the legend for both scholars and lay readers.” This book is based on solid research and depicts the man behind the legend.

Donald Cline as a historian spent more than thirty-five years studying the life and times of Billy the Kid. He assigned himself the task of separating fact from fiction.

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-080-0
146 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-245-6
146 pp.,$9.99


ALL TRAILS LEAD TO SANTA FE
An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610
By Nineteen Historians with a Foreword by Marc Simmons and a Preface by Orlando Romero

The Official Commemorative Publication

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Santa Fe, as a tourist destination and an international art market with its attraction of devotees to opera, flamenco, good food and romanticized cultures, is also a city of deep historical drama. Like its seemingly “adobe style-only” architecture, all one has to do is turn the corner and discover a miniature Alhambra, a Romanesque Cathedral, or a French-inspired chapel next to one of the oldest adobe chapels in the United States to realize its long historical diversity. This fusion of architectural styles is a mirror of its people, cultures and history.

From its early origins, Native American presence in the area through the archaeological record is undeniable and has proved to be a force to be reckoned with as well as reconciled. It was, however, the desire of European arrivals, Spaniards, already mixed in Spain and Mexico, to create a new life, a new environment, different architecture, different government, culture and spiritual life that set the foundations for the creation of La Villa de Santa Fe. Indeed, Santa Fe remained Spanish from its earliest Spanish presence of 1607 until 1821.

But history is not just the time between dates but the human drama that creates the “City Different.” The Mexican Period of 1821–1848, American occupation and the following Territorial Period into Statehood are no less defining and, in fact, are as traumatic for some citizens as the first European contact. This tapestry was all held together by the common belief that Santa Fe was different and after centuries of coexistence a city with its cultures, tolerance and beauty was worth preserving. Indeed, the existence and awareness of this oldest of North American capitals was to attract the famous as well as infamous: poets, writers, painters, philosophers, scientists and the sickly whose prayers were answered in the thin dry air of the city situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristos at 7,000 foot elevation.

We hope readers will enjoy All Trails Lead to Santa Fe and in its pages discover facts not revealed before, or, in the sense of true adventure, enlighten and encourage the reader to continue the search for the evolution of La Villa de Santa Fe.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-760-1
540 pp.,$50.00

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7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-761-8
540 pp.,$35.00


ALONG THE HIGH ROAD
A Guide to the Scenic Route Between Espanola and Taos
By Margaret M. Nava

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The road between Espanola and Taos, New Mexico, commonly referred to as the “High Road to Taos,” covers a distance of about fifty miles and passes through many northern frontier settlement towns. Because of the speed limit and road conditions, a trip along this road usually takes three hours although some drivers do it in less. They drive serpentine roads, look at quaint houses and magnificent scenery, and depart content that they have driven through a fascinating area. But the High Road is more than just a scenic road trip; it is a journey through the lives of the people, past and present, who--tied to the earth, fiercely independent, and staunchly Catholic--settled a hostile land, created a new life for themselves, and became the moral fiber of New Mexico.

This book gives readers a brief glimpse into the lives, beliefs, and arts of these people and offers suggestions about sights and accommodations for travelers willing to take enough time to discover the beauty and mysteries hidden in the small towns "Along the High Road."

MARGARET NAVA, a native of Illinois, spent twenty years traveling throughout the American Southwest researching and writing hundreds of local and national magazine articles about natural science, anthropology, spirituality, and Hispanic and Native American traditions. However, the lure of the Land of Enchantment, as New Mexico is call, was strong and several years ago she left the Midwest behind. These days Margaret, and her dog Sauza, can be found traveling around the state looking for little-known or unusual travel destinations.

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6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-413-6
120 pp.,$16.95


THE AMERICAN PUEBLO INDIAN ACTIVITY BOOK
Fun Projects for Children and Parents
By Walter D. Yoder, PhD

Games, cut-outs, stories, puzzles, pictures to color.

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Sharing the art and culture of Native Americans of the Southwest is a very important activity. For centuries these inventive people, the original inhabitants of the arid southwestern part of the United States, have survived a beautiful but demanding environment. They have produced unique buildings and wonderful arts and crafts. This book offers over 40 pages of comprehensive activities centered around the contributions of these resourceful people.

Children learn about the “Land of the Pueblos” through an exciting variety of games, puzzles, identification activities, vocabulary recognition, word searches, time lines, art activities, and more. Parents and teachers will find a wealth of ideas on ways of sharing the exciting facets of Southwestern pueblo history.

Walter Yoder has illustrated this one-of-a-kind book with dozens of informative black and white pictures. Field tested and educator approved, the book provides a wonderful introduction into the romance and excitement of Western U.S. history. He received a PhD in curriculum development and the arts from Michigan State University and has held teaching and administrative posts at Michigan State University, Arizona State University, and the University of New Mexico.

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Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-219-4
48 pp.,$14.95


THE AMERICAN RHYTHM
Studies and Reëxpressions of Amerindian Songs
By Mary Austin

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Mary Austin was one of the first to recognize that Native American myths and culture were in danger of being eroded and lost. She then took upon herself the duty of tracking down American Indian songs and poems, saying that she was not giving a translation of the original but what she preferred to call a “re-expression” which she referred to as “reëxpressions.” It was her belief that the life and environment of the person who made up the words was an important part of understanding the rhythm and meaning of the work. She considered tribal dancing an essential part of the sung or spoken words and her extensive research led first to lectures and later to the publication of The American Rhythm. It was her work in this field that resulted in Austin being named an Associate in Native American Literature by the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mary Austin (nee Hunter) was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1868 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. After graduation from Blackburn College, she moved with her family to California. She later spent time in New York and eventually settled in Santa Fe. A prolific writer, she wrote novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry. Austin became an early advocate for environmental issues as well as the rights of women and other minority groups. She was particularly interested in the preservation of American Indian culture.

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6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-570-6
204 pp.,$24.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-082-7
204 pp.,$19.99


THE ANASAZI AND THE VIKING
A Novel of the Southwest
By A. Tanner Smith

FANTASY MEETS FACT!

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Perhaps it is asking too much of the reader to accept a story in which a Viking warrior wanders into a settlement of Anasazi Indians in southwestern Colorado over 800 years ago. But the author thinks it could have happened. And he weaves a story of Norsemen and Anasazi ways of life that will fascinate and stimulate the imagination from the moment Thorvar enters the high cliff homes of the Indians he befriends in Mesa Verde until he eventually leads them in a hunt for something more precious than gold. Travel with them to those ancient inspiring places that are now known as Canyon de Chelly, the Painted Desert, Ouray, the Grand Canyon and Supai (the Indians’ “Shangri La”).

The author worked for forty years with a major oil company, most of which he served as Director of Safety. Engineering was his career field and he also served on state and national presidential committees involved with industrial and public safety.

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5 1/1 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-152-4
134 pp.,$18.95


ANTES
Stories from the Past, Rural Cuba, New Mexico, 1769-1949
By Esther V. Cordova May

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Cuba, New Mexico, was first settled in 1769. Originally known as Nacimiento, it was located on the northwestern edge of the Spanish Colonial Empire. It was very isolated and the people who settled Cuba seldom travelled to other areas due to the lack of roads and long distances between settlements.

As a consequence, Cuba retained many of the traditions, practices and archaic language of the early Colonial Period until the mid-twentieth century. Only after World War II did this village emerge from its Colonial traditions and begin to acquire more modern amenities and practices. Different from many other small towns, it did not change because of outside forces but mostly because of the actions of people who had been away during World War II and came back wanting what they had experienced elsewhere.

Antes is the Spanish word for “before.” When used by itself in casual conversation, it always refers to the way things were before the end of World War II. This book contains descriptions and photographs of the practices and activities of the people of Cuba in that earlier time.

Esther Cordova May was born in Cuba, New Mexico, before World War II and experienced the world of Antes personally as a child. Several prior generations of her family also lived their entire lives in Cuba and surrounding villages. As a young woman, she left Cuba to pursue an education, have a family and develop a career. She earned a Master’s degree in Folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1981, Esther and her husband returned to Cuba to manage the family cattle ranch. She also continued to add to her storehouse of verbal accounts and photographs about the period “before” World War II, the world of Antes.

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-840-0
270 pp.,$24.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-146-6
270 pp.,$9.99


ARTISTS IN ADOBE
Two Artists Build Their First Adobe Home
By Myrtle Stedman

A Simple Story Of Two "Big-City" Artists Building Their First Adobe Home. llustrated.

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The author finished the drawings in this book in 1937 when the images were fresh in her mind. Together with the story, they give an insight into what many artists were doing in the twenties and thirties, not only as an aftermath of the depression in the United States but as a lifestyle—a way of living creatively and artistically in an atmosphere more conducive than city life. While Myrtle and Wilfred Stedman’s art thrived in the city (Houston, Texas) during the seven years before the depression, their reputations as artists grew to the point that they felt they could go anywhere and do anything. Myrtle describes the adventure of moving to northern New Mexico where their skills and their joy in art and architecture rose to unexpected heights in spite of hard times in the economy and in their private life.

Myrtle Stedman was a member of PEN New Mexico, a branch of PEN Center USA West of International PEN and believed that there is no end to what the mind can do with the eye and hand, in time and in spirit. She is also the author of Adobe Architecture, Adobe Remodeling and Fireplaces, House Not Made with Hands, Of One Mind, Of Things to Come, Ongoing Life, Rural Architecture, The Ups and Downs of Living Alone in Later Life, and The Way Things Are or Could Be, all from Sunstone Press.

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5 1/2 X 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-188-3
64 pp.,$14.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-891-5
64 pp.,$4.99


ASK ABOUT SANTA FE
464 Essential Questions and Their Answers about This City and the State of New Mexico
By James J. Raciti

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Using a question-and-answer format, this book follows the development of Santa Fe, a city that lived under several flags before New Mexico was finally admitted into the Union in 1912 as the 47th state. It is also about great leaders who knew the price of sacrifice and terrible tyrants who used their power for personal gain only. Covering a broad sweep of history beginning with the area’s first settlers, both Native American and Spaniards, it explores Spain’s forays into the American Southwest from its base in New Spain (colonial Mexico); its quest for gold and other precious metals; and its desire to save native souls by baptism and conversion to Catholicism. Many historical figures are briefly introduced including Don Juan de Oñate; Don Pedro de Peralta; Don Diego de Vargas; Popé, Leader of the Pueblo Revolt; Archbishop Lamy; Kit Carson; Governor Lew Wallace, author of Ben-Hur; the outlaw Billy the Kid and Geronimo. Other topics treated are The Santa Fe Trail and the contribution it made to the region’s growth and prosperity; the brave Buffalo Soldiers; Civil War battles and the men who fought them; the coming of the railroad; and finally statehood. The author says, “My efforts here have been modest. I simply wanted to focus on aspects of the life and culture of people who inhabited these lands and those of the people who came seeking fame and wealth but stayed to leave a lasting mark on customs, language, and religion. Ask about Santa Fe only scratches the surface of a subject that hopefully will entice readers to explore further the origins of the nation’s oldest capitol city within a state of remarkable achievement.”

James J. Raciti, PhD, has had a home in Santa Fe for many years. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he has spent more than twenty-five years in Europe as a university educator. Raciti’s graduate degrees in comparative literature are from the University of Grenoble in France and the University of Zaragoza in Spain. Sunstone Press has published his non-fictional works Old Santa Fe and Ask About Florida; Pulling No Ponchos, the playfully irreverent fictional history of Santa Fe; and a collection of poetry, The Bird Chart Boy.


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-030-9
144 pp.,$19.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-328-6
144 pp.,$9.99


ASSIGNMENT HOMICIDE, BEHIND THE HEADLINES
A Woman Reporter in New York City in the 1940s
By Jeanne Toomey

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In New York City in 1948, a dozen or so reporters founded the New York Press Club to improve relations between newspapermen and the judiciary and police department. One of these "newspapermen," and the only living founder is Jeanne Toomey, a law school dropout for financial reasons. At twenty-one years of age, she joined the staff of "The Brooklyn Daily Eagle" and was sent to cover police headquarters, alternating between Brooklyn and Manhattan. What went on behind all those headlines? The inside story of the sex lives, the disasters, comic episodes, and the general mayhem of those who report the crime of a great city is faithfully recorded in ASSIGNMENT HOMICIDE. With bail bondsmen, judges and cops, the only woman among one hundred men, the author was the envy of her female friends. When the reporters--she dated some of them--launched their press club, they also introduced the district attorneys and police commissioners to their hectic, alcohol-fueled world. Heartaches, passionate mix-ups resulting in sudden death, plane crashes, jail breaks, complex court cases--every kind of disaster--were daily fare for reporters in America's largest city.

Here is their story: uncolored, unbiased, bigger than life.

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER reported: "An enlightening, insightful and entertaining read. ASSIGNMENT HOMICIDE, BEHIND THE HEADLINES transports the reader back through nostalgic, first-person anecdotes of what newspaper reporting (and life on the streets of New York at the time) were all about from veteran New York Police Department reporter Jeanne Toomey."

Jeanne Toomey is also the author of the Sunstone Press mystery, MURDER IN THE HAMPTONS.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-517-1
160 pp.,$19.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-073-5
160 pp.,$4.99


THE AUTHENTIC LIFE OF BILLY THE KID
Facsimile of 1927 Edition
By Pat F. Garrett

Voted one of the 100 Best New Mexico Books.

New Foreword by Marc Simmons

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When Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett ended Billy the Kid's life on the night of July 14, 1881 with a shot in the dark, he was catapulted at once into stardom in the annals of Western history. The killing occurred at old Fort Sumner, New Mexico on the Pecos River. Garrett by pure chance had encountered the Kid in a darkened room of the Pete Maxwell house. As the unsuspecting Billy entered, he was cut down without warning.

But the Kid had his share of friends and many of them stepped forward to level some harsh criticism against the lawman. It soon became clear that while Pat Garrett was an instant celebrity, he had also come away, at least in some quarters, with a negative image. To address that problem, he began thinking about a book to give the public his side of the story. The editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, Charles Greene, offered to publish a Garrett volume if the sheriff could find someone to ghost write it for him. Pat enlisted his good friend Marshall Ashmun (Ash) Upson, a journalist, to do the job. Upson cranked out a manuscript and it was published in 1882 under the title The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid. Sunstone’s edition is a facsimile of the 1927 edition.

Before that fateful night in 1881, there was not much in Pat Garrett's career to suggest he was headed for a place in the history books. Alabama-born in 1850, he worked as a cowboy and buffalo hunter in Texas. By 1878 he had drifted to the Pecos in eastern New Mexico. Perhaps craving excitement, Pat Garrett ran for sheriff of wild Lincoln County in the fall of 1880. He was elected. Winning the office put him on a collision course with the outlaw Billy and the incident that catapulted the Kid into literary immortality.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-572-0
312 pp.,$26.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-118-3
312 pp.,$12.94


BAD BLOOD
The Life and Times of the Horrell Brothers
By Frederick Nolan

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Most of the men and women who inhabit this story set in Texas and New Mexico in the 1870s have been dead for more than a century. Good, bad, rich, poor, handsome, ugly, courageous or craven, their lives are remembered first in the protective, slanted, often-partisan recollections of their families, their children, their friends. And then, they are not so much remembered as reconstructed by present-day researchers and historians relating those reminiscences to facts, to dates and to known events. But how near the truth is any of it? We can barely imagine, let alone identify with pioneer families like the Horrells, shaped as they were by the turmoil of Reconstruction, their spartan upbringing, a family pride as cruel and haughty as that of the clans of ancient Scotland, and an unwavering refusal to recognize any law other than the law they made themselves. In the final analysis, what researchers and historians—no matter how diligent, no matter how honest—tell us is what happened, how it all came out. What would those proud, vengeful men—and women—think, what would their reaction be if they could read or listen to the author’s conclusions? Would they be surprised by how much is known? Or would they laugh scornfully at how much might be wrong? The author believes it would probably be the latter.

Frederick Nolan is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on the history of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War and both he and his work on the subject have been garlanded with honors. He has received the Border Regional Library Association of Texas’ Award for Literary Excellence, the first France V. Scholes Prize from the Historical Society of New Mexico, and the first J. Evetts Haley Fellowship from the Haley Memorial Library in Midland, Texas. The Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association has presented him with its highest honor, the Glenn Shirley Award, for his lifetime contribution to outlaw-lawman history and The Westerners Foundation has named his The West of Billy the Kid one of the 100 most important 20th-century historical works on the American West. In 2007 the National Outlaw-Lawman Association awarded him its prestigious William D. Reynolds Award in recognition of his outstanding research and writing in Western history and in 2008 True West magazine named him “Best Living Non-Fiction Writer.” Among his other books about the American West are an annotated edition of Pat Garrett’s Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, The West of Billy the Kid, The Lincoln County War, and The Life and Death of John Henry Tunstall, the latter two from Sunstone Press in new editions. He lives in England.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-297-2
256 pp.,$24.95


BANDIT YEARS, A GATHERING OF WOLVES
True Adventures of Four Outlaws
By Mark Dugan

FOUR OLD WEST BANDITS RAISE HELL!

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Live again the days of the Old West when travel was not only rough but dangerous! The days when outlaws lurked behind boulders and along remote trails, ready to trap and rob the unwary drivers and their passengers. Billy LeRoy, Bill Miner, Charley Allison and Hamilton White III all shared a common bond of contempt for the law-abiding life, preferring to become stagecoach robbers. BANDIT YEARS profiles these four unforgettable outlaws who made the Barlow-Sanderson Overland Mail their special target. BOOKLIST reported: "Though the major events detailed in this book all took place during a 10-month period in southern Colorado and northern new mexico, they provide a sound overview of the predatory habits of western outlaws."

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-101-2
128 pp.,$10.95


BEYOND COURAGE
One Regiment Against Japan, 1941-1945
By Dorothy Cave

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Bataan, the last bastion stemming the Japanese tidal wave across the Pacific, was about to fall. In the midst of crashing bombs and depleted stores, the vastly outnumbered lines broke and commands disintegrated. Only one unit, ‘Old Two Hon’erd,” a small band of New Mexico National Guardsmen, remained intact. With only rifles, a few rounds of ammunition, and an unshakable esprit de corps, they prepared to die but not surrender.

In her award-winning history, Dorothy Cave follows the members of a small unit who played a key role in this pivotal moment in history. They were the first unit to fire when the Japanese struck. They guarded the bridges of the strategic retreat as all others crossed into Bataan to make the now-famous stand. They were the last to lay down arms, and did so only when ordered by the high command.

Then followed the Death March, starvation, and brutality of Japanese POW camps and Hell Ships. Laughing at their captors, they sabotaged the Japanese war machine at every chance. They were still fighting in Uncle Sam’s army and only half returned. Amid human depravity, described in graphic detail, they kept their faith, honor, and a profound love of their country. Theirs is a legacy of courage and something beyond.

Dorothy Cave’s literary credits include two Southwest Writers’ Awards, the Simon Scanlon Award, and the International Literary Award. She has served as historical consultant for two film documentaries on the Battle of Bataan and the ensuing POW experience, and appears in both films as commentator. This book, now, classic, is widely regarded as “the definitive volume” on the subject. Cave’s other books, all from Sunstone Press, include Four Trails to Valor, Mountains of the Blue Stone, Song on a Blue Guitar, and God’s Warrior: Father Albert Braun, O.F.M., Last of the Frontier Priests.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-559-1
466 pp.,$24.95


BEYOND THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
By Bernice Carton

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Since the triumph of “Our Town,” many American writers have sensed the tug of the past, the longing to share the sights, sounds and smells of gentler times with each new generation. Bernice Carton is part of that noble tradition as she depicts Brooklyn, New York in the glittering 1920s and the depressed 1930s—a time when America was innocent and hopeful. This evocative portrait will appeal to young people exploring their roots as well as to older people looking for the glow of cherished memories. Carton uses the eye of a journalist and the sensitivity of a novelist to explore a long-past world where nobody ever left Brooklyn because it was the center of the universe.

Bernice Carton has sailed the seven seas but has never lost her love for home. Her travels have ranged from the Arctic to the Antarctic and just about everywhere in between. She's waded ashore to barter for lemons with tribal chiefs in the South Pacific, explored Alaska's Inside Passage, the fjords of Scandinavia, the secret islands of the Caribbean and Greece—all from the deck of a small sailboat. She has also spent evenings waltzing at the Vienna Opera Ball, been a guest at the palace of the Prince of Morocco, and has enjoyed dinners at the White House. Her writing and photography have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers across the US and Canada. While her schoolteacher mother in Brooklyn claimed half jokingly to be preparing her as a child to marry the then Prince of Rumania, she never did realize that ambition.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-269-9
160 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-124-5
160 pp.,$19.95

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THE BIG NEW MEXICO ACTIVITY BOOK
Fun Projects for Children and Parents
By Walter D. Yoder, Ph.D.

Games, cut-outs, puzzles, stories and pictures to color.

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Here is a comprehensive activity book for children which entertains and stretches the mind. The Big New Mexico Activity Book offers over 90 pages of action-packed fun highlighting the contributions of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo peoples to our multi-cultural environment.

There are nine sections on Hispanic Folk Art Kachinas, Spanish Missions, Sand Painting, Rock Art Designs, Pottery Designs, and Native American Art. Projects are presented with a variety of formats such as word searches, puzzles, matching objects, picture construction and more. The author has richly illustrated this one-of-a-kind book with over 250 black and white pictures. Field-tested and educator approved, the book provides a wonderful introduction into the romance and excitement of New Mexico’s heritage.

Walter D. Yoder received a PhD in Curriculum Development and the Arts from Michigan State University. He has held teaching and administrative posts at Michigan State University, Arizona State University, and the University of New Mexico.

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Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-209-5
96 pp.,$16.95


THE BIG ONE
The True Story of an Epic Search to Find a Missing Small Plane Lost for Years
By Bruce Gallaher

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When a small airplane carrying four men vanished in 1968 over the vast skies of Albuquerque, New Mexico a massive official search was launched in the rugged American Rocky Mountains. That official search was called off within two weeks with few leads. That plane and those four men had disappeared off the planet.

This spellbinding saga follows the men’s wives, families, and friends after they realized it was now up to them and them alone to find their loved ones. These amazing women were joined in their search by a cast of characters as diverse as the New Mexico landscape, including a group of Apollo space program engineers, a bar owner, a stunt pilot, a minister, some of the world’s most renowned psychics, and an army of complete strangers. Along the way, they get help from President Lyndon Johnson, a U-2 spy plane, and an American Indian Tribe. The entire search effort ranks as one of the largest in State history, lasting nearly five years.

An incredible, true story of how two young hikers in the remote mountains of New Mexico stumbled on the greatest discovery of not only their lives but the lives of hundreds of others. That discovery would change everything, forever, for everyone involved.

Bruce Gallaher was born and raised in New Mexico. He was a respected hydrologist at national research laboratory where he conducted water resources investigations and contamination studies and was active exploring the outdoors with boots, bikes, and skis.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-947-6
200 pp.,$24.95


THE BIG SPANISH HERITAGE ACTIVITY BOOK
Hispanic Settlers in the Southwest
By Walter D. Yoder, Ph.D.

Games, cut-outs, puzzles, stories and pictures to color.

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This comprehensive activity book for children offers action-packed fun highlighting the contributions of the Hispanic Colonial settlers in the multi-cultural environment of the American Southwest.

There are eight sections: The Age of Discovery, The New World, Colonial Life, The Camino Real, The Native Americans, Hispanic Art, Hispanic Architecture, and Hispanic Crafts. Projects are presented in a variety of formats such as illustrations to complete, word searches, matching names and ideas, picture construction, puzzles, and more.

This entertaining activity book, richly illustrated by the author, provides a wonderful introduction into the romance and excitement of the Hispanic settlement of America.

Walter D. Yoder received a PhD in Curriculum Development and the Arts from Michigan State University and has held teaching and administrative posts at Michigan State University, Arizona State University, and the University of New Mexico.

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Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-239-2
64 pp.,$14.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-932-5
64 pp.,$7.99


BILLY THE KID RIDES AGAIN
Digging for the Truth
By Jay Miller

"Bravo! Excelsior!! By asking all the right questions and putting his conclusions where they counted, Jay Miller gave heart to those who, alone, would have been unable to combat such devious chicanery." (Frederick Nolan, Chalfont St. Giles, England, Author of "The West of Billy the Kid")

"In a series of newspaper columns, Jay Miller has dug deeply into the latest exploitation of Billy the Kid. A book packed with top-notch investigative reporting." (Robert M. Utley, Georgetown, Texas, Author of "Billy the Kid: a Short and Violent Life")

"Miller systematically demolished the baloney behind the campaign for exhumation. For a long time he was as much a lone gunman as Billy the Kid ever was." (David A. Clary, Roswell, New Mexico, Author of "Rocket Man: Robert Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age")

"Anyone interested in learning about New Mexico should first check with Jay Miller. This collection of Jay's columns is the first in a series of books about New Mexico history and current events. It's a must read." (Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico)

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In early 2003, three sheriffs set out to prove that Pat Garrett killed Billy the Kid, thereby also proving that Brushy Bill of Hico, Texas was not the real Kid. Along their way, the sheriffs enlisted New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's support and took two communities on a wild ride through court battles to dig up Billy and his mother.

Governor Richardson found an attorney willing to work free and provide Billy with a voice. Follow "Billy" as he speaks for himself in court, requesting that he and his mother be dug up to examine the DNA in their dusty remains for evidence that they were related. And follow the small towns of Fort Sumner and Silver City, New Mexico as they fight to retain the integrity of their municipal cemeteries and keep the legend of Billy the Kid from crumbling away.

Author Jay Miller followed the strange unfolding of events, digging to find the source of the money that financed an official murder investigation and the court action against two courageous small towns struggling to prevent the exhumations.

JAY MILLER grew up in Billy the Kid Country, listening to yarns about Billy, some true, some not. As a syndicated newspaper columnist, Miller has written often about Billy and the Lincoln County War and has used a collection of those columns to weave a riveting story of just what happened when Billy rode again.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-458-7
132 pp.,$19.95


BLACKWATER DRAW
Three Lives, Billy the Kid and the Murders that Started the Lincoln County War
By David S. Turk

New Research into New Mexico’s Lincoln County War by the historian for the U.S. Marshals Service resulted in this account of murders in Blackwater Canyon, New Mexico attributed to Billy the Kid.

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On March 9, 1878, three men were murdered in isolated Blackwater Canyon in New Mexico. The suspects were Billy the Kid and a number of his Regulators. This action, almost assuredly taken in retaliation for the death of the Kid’s friend, John Henry Tunstall, became the real catalyst in the Lincoln County War. In 2006, the author and a team of investigators searched for the remains of the men and related artifacts in the obscure canyon—the first to do so since the murders. The murders were reconstructed with the discovery of over thirty bullet cartridges.

As part of the reconstruction of the crime, the author widens the scope of his investigation by examining the lives and paths of all three victims: William S. “Buck” Morton, a Virginian fleeing from his past; Frank Baker, a mystery man who hid his real name and shady career; and William McCloskey, an elderly cowboy who unsuccessfully attempted to play the peacemaker. The myths and accounts of the three men and their murders are analytically separated. Connective events where the paths of the participants intersected, such as the death of John Tunstall, are likewise examined.

Legend and fact are separated in the case and its participants—both victims and suspects. Billy the Kid is justly portrayed as a human being wrought by conflicts. The Regulators and their opposition reveal character both good and bad. An investigative approach to this portion of the Billy the Kid saga corrects the record on some old assumptions and creates new avenues of insight and possibility.

David S. Turk is the Historian for the U.S. Marshals Service and is no stranger to historical “cold cases.” A graduate from George Mason University, he authored four books and numerous articles on various topics. His interest in Billy the Kid and the New Mexico’s Lincoln County War dates to 2003, when publicity crested over a case reopened by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. His studies resulted in this account of the murders in Blackwater Canyon.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-780-9
156 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-111-4
156 pp.,$14.99


BOY'S POND
A Novel
By Warren J. Stucki

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Suspended high above the desert floor like a hanged man dangling at the end of a rope, Shot Harry is detonated at exactly 5:05 a.m. on May 19, 1953. The predawn tranquility is butchered with three times the atomic rage of Hiroshima and “Dirty Harry’s” iridescent pink cloud rains burning radioactive particles on southern Utah. This event, plus an ill-fated volcano prank that kills two men (a friend and a sheriff’s deputy) and leaves another critically injured will change the lives of J.T. Kunz and Mick Graff forever. J.T. and Mick are charged with manslaughter in the deputy’s death. J.T. is devastated. Manslaughter is a felony and if convicted, he would have no chance of fulfilling his deathbed promise to his mother, namely, going on a mission for the Mormon Church. Mick, however, is unaffected. Though a Mormon, he has little time for religion. Mick’s health soon begins to deteriorate and he is diagnosed with acute myeloblastic leukemia, ostensibly from the radiation fallout. Faced with the prospect of his own death, Mick turns to God. J.T., on the other hand, is now becoming more cynical and disillusioned by God’s apparent indifference to Mick’s plight. He is forced to re-evaluate his own life and try to reconcile Mick’s imminent death with his religion’s conventional explanation of life, death and the hereafter.

Warren Stucki is a native of southern Utah. As a young boy, he viewed the detonation of several atomic tests. Now, as a practicing physician, he has witnessed the havoc these tests have wrought on the citizens of southern Utah. Following graduation from the University of Utah Medical School, Dr. Stucki specialized in urology. At Dixie Regional Medical Center he has served as Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff and member of the Hospital Governing Board. In addition to Boy’s Pond, Dr. Stucki is the author of Hunting for Hippocrates and Sagebrush Sedition. Three others, beginning with Hemorrhage, followed by Mountain Mayhem and The Death of Samantha Rose, are part of a “Dr. Cooper” series of novels. A fourth book, Town Bell, is a prequel to the highly popular Boy's Pond.

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Hardcover:
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ISBN: 978-0-86534-328-3
236 pp.,$26.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-976-6
236 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-240-1
236 pp.,$4.99


BREAKDOWN
How the Secret of the Atomic Bomb was Stolen
By Richard Melzer, Ph.D.

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The enormous effort--called the Manhattan Project--that produced the world's first atomic bomb was supposed to be the best kept secret of World War II. And the project's Los Alamos, New Mexico site, where the bomb was perfected, was supposed to have the tightest security of the project's other 37 installations across the United States. Even the vice president, Harry S. Truman, was kept in the dark initially until fate propelled him into the fray.

But this was an illusion. Evidence from Soviet and American sources have proven that at least three--and as many as six--Communist spies penetrated the security system at Los Alamos and shared the secret of the atomic bomb with the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union before the end of World War II.

Historian Richard Melzer now sheds new light on how security at Los Alamos broke down--not by examining this isolated site in New Mexico from the outside as many other authors have--but from within Los Alamos itself. Using interviews, memoirs, and formerly confidential files, Melzer shows that spies quite easily obtained security clearances, gained access to top secret information, and carried this information to their Soviet contacts without a hitch.

What Melzer tells us about the flaws of security in the past might well help those in charge of security today as the United States grapples with these problems in the aftermath of the Chinese espionage scandal that rocked Los Alamos and the entire American intelligence community. Includes a bibliography, historic photographs, and index.

BOOK NEWS reports: "A good survey of Los Alamos security and its many breaches."

NEW MEXICO HISTORICAL REVIEW said: "Anyone interested in the history of the atomic bomb will gain much from Melzer's fine treatment of the failure of wartime security and the loss of atomic secrets. This is a highly readable and recommended book."

RICHARD MELZER is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus. A specialist in twentieth century New Mexico history, he has written many articles, chapters, and books about the American Southwest. He is a prize-winning author and a popular public speaker. Sunstone Press is also the publisher of Melzer's focused biography, ERNIE PYLE IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST and WHEN WE WERE YOUNG IN THE WEST, TRUE HISTORIES OF CHILDHOOD.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-304-7
160 pp.,$16.95


BROTHERS OF LIGHT
The Penitentes of the Southwest
By Alice Corbin Henderson

Introduction to this edition by Lynn Cline.

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In New Mexico, during Lent and Holy Week each year, the Penitent Brotherhood enacts a primitive Passion Play, which in its traditional ritual of self-torture represents a curious survival of the Middle Ages. Much lurid journalism has been devoted to the Penitentes, but in this sympathetic account by Alice Corbin Henderson, an eye-witness, the ceremonies are presented in their true aspect, with the historic background and reason for the survival clearly indicated. From this it appears that the religious custom of self-inflicted penance was introduced into the Southwest as early as 1598 by the Franciscan priests who accompanied Don Juan de Oñate and his soldiers and colonists on their way to the permanent settlement of the province of New Mexico—originally embracing all of our present Southwest. From that day the customs then inaugurated have been traditionally observed by the humble descendants of the Conquistadores.

Alice Corbin and William Penhallow Henderson lived in New Mexico and know its people and its colorful landscape intimately. The striking illustrations in black and white that appeared in the original 1937 edition are an integral part of the text of this new edition.

Also included in this edition along with an introduction by Lynn Cline is “Alice Corbin, An Appreciation” from New Mexico Quarterly Review in 1949, an article by Marc Simmons from The Santa Fe New Mexican, and a review of the book from New Mexico Quarterly at the time of publication of the original edition in 1937 by T. M. Pearce.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-894-3
192 pp.,$22.95


BRUSHY BILL
Proof that His Claim to be Billy the Kid was a Hoax
By Roy L. Haws

This book proves that a man named Brushy Bill Roberts was not Billy the Kid of Old West days.

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For many years, a man known as Brushy Bill Roberts proclaimed to all who would listen that he was the historical and legendary Billy the Kid, alive and well. And there were various books written that claimed this to be true. As a result, many became convinced of the validity of Brushy’s claim and Brushy's elaborate fable has continued to capture the imagination. In this book, the author has attempted to dispel the elaborate hoax once and for all. Brushy Bill Roberts was not Billy the Kid. He was, in fact, just an interesting elderly man, known by his family and acquaintances as a colorful Old West storyteller.

Roy L. Haws has experienced a variety of careers after graduation from the University of Texas at Austin in Mechanical Engineering. He has been a sales engineer and sales manager for electrical equipment manufacturers, a country music artist manager and record producer, the publisher of Indie Bullet Country Music magazine, a cattleman in East Texas, a mathematics instructor at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, and an Internet college textbook retailer.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-055-2
164 pp.,$19.95

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164 pp.,$9.99


BUCKSKIN AND SATIN
A Novel of the Wild West
By Romain Wilhelmsen

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On July 14, 1882, the notorious Texas gunman, John Peters Ringo, was found beneath a blackjack oak tree some distance from Tombstone, Arizona, with a bullet in his head. Colonel Henry Hooker, Billy Breakenridge, Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday were all suspected of doing him in, but charges were never brought against anyone. Was this going to be an unsolved mystery? The answer could lie in this blending of fact with fiction woven into the lives of these famous characters of the Old West, and those of the less-well-known Frank Buckskin Leslie, bartender, part-time army scout, and awesome gunfighter; the woman he wanted--the beautiful and fiercely independent Nell Cashman; and Louis Hancock, a big, black rancher determined to avenge a heinous crime.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY said: "Wilhelmsen's vivid imagination roams on a loose leash and comes upon as good a solution as any to the unsolved mystery of Johnny Ringo's death."

BOOKLIST reported: "Readers vicariously experience the West's seminal events through the eyes of a deeply flawed but somehow admirable Everyman. Adding tremendous depth is a romance that may be western fiction's best since Jack Schaefer gave us Shane and Marion almost a half-century ago."

The author has been an adventure film producer and lecturer, and a past director of the Los Angeles Adventurers Club. He has traveled extensively throughout South America, Africa, Mexico, and the southwestern United States, and through his numerous appearances on television here and abroad, became known as The Legend Hunter. He rafted down the Amazon River, is credited with the discovery of a Pre-Inca city in the Andes Mountains of Peru, and the discovery of Spanish Conquistador armor once exhibited at the Southwestern Museum in Los Angeles. Romain Wilhelmsen also made international news after being attacked by bandits while exploring in the mountains of Columbia, and wounded in the gunfight which ensued. His accounts of these exploits have been published in a number or men's magazines. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and presently lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Hardcover:
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ISBN: 978-0-86534-279-8
214 pp.,$28.95 (A Few Left)

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-307-8
214 pp.,$18.95


BURIED TREASURES
Famous and Unusual Gravesites in New Mexico History
By Richard Melzer, Ph.D.

Many historic photographs.

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New Mexico history is filled with noteworthy men, women, and children, usually deserving of high praise and admiration. Sadly, few of these famous New Mexicans are honored with monuments to remind us of their achievements in every field, from art and literature to military service and rocket science. Historian Richard Melzer attempts to rectify this neglect with an impressive new book about famous New Mexico gravesites, usually the only monuments left to honor the human treasures who helped shape so much of our state, national, and often international history. The gravesites belong to both famous and infamous characters, from Billy the Kid to Kit Carson, Elfego Baca, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Geronimo (buried in exile in Oklahoma). The result of Melzer’s coast-to-coast quest for the gravesites of deserving New Mexicans is a book filled with vivid photographs, compelling stories, humorous epitaphs, and valuable information. With so much data about so many New Mexicans, this book is destined to serve as a major reference work for historians, genealogists, students, and librarians for years to come. With so much good history and a concluding chapter of truly unusual gravesites found in New Mexico, casual readers will be engaged and entertained as well.

RICHARD MELZER is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus. He is an award-winning author of many books and articles about New Mexico, including two grade school textbooks to be published in anticipation of New Mexico’s centennial celebration of statehood in 2012. He is the President of the Historical Society of New Mexico. Sunstone Press has published three of his previous books, including Ernie Pyle in the American Southwest, Breakdown: How the Secret of the Atomic Bomb was Stolen during World War II, and When We Were Young in the West: True Stories of Childhood.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-531-7
476 pp.,$45.00


BUT TIME AND CHANCE
The Story of Padre Martinez of Taos, 1793-1867
By Fray Angelico Chavez

Voted one of the 100 Best New Mexico Books.

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Fray Angelico Chavez, articulate and well-versed in New Mexicana, vividly records the life of the controversial Padre of Taos so that the reader gains full measure of his surroundings and of the times. Martínez was continually at the forefront of the public and political forums . . . a master of jurisprudence and canon law . . . a champion of the underdog. With the advent of Bishop Lamy, public attention became focused on these two dynamic personalities. Their philosophic differences ultimately led to Martínez' suspension and excommunication. Chavez was a curious and indefatigable researcher and he used these talents well while delving into the facts and legends surrounding Padre Martinez' "most poignant and colorful life-drama . . . a personality to be reckoned with, whether as hero or villain, or both." Readers will, at once, share with Chavez his absorption in this man and, "also wonder . . . how such a phenomenon could have sprouted and bloomed under the most adverse circumstances of time and place."

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Softcover:
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ISBN: 978-0-91327-095-0
176 pp.,$16.95


BYGONE DAYS OF THE OLD WEST, REVISITED
By Fred Lambert

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This unique collection of poetry and pen and ink drawings recall the lore, traditions and romance of the Old West. Originating from recollections of Fred Lambert’s childhood in New Mexico, as well as carefully chronicled stories gleaned from legends and traditions picked up during his years as a lawman, it gives a glimpse into life on the American western frontier that is no more. Bold artwork accompanying each and every tale entertains and transports the reader back in time.

Fred Lambert was a lawman, poet and artist. He was born in 1887 in Cimarron, New Mexico in the historic St. James Hotel, which was built and owned by his father, Henry Lambert. He knew many famous and infamous characters including Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, Black Jack Ketchum, Charlie Siringo, Pawnee Bill Lillie, and Buckskin Charley. He grew up working on his father's cattle ranch and bartending in the saloon at the St. James. At age sixteen he became Deputy Sheriff of Colfax County, a Commission he retained for thirty years. In 1910 he became Marshal of Cimarron at age 23 and in 1911 he received a governor's appointment to the New Mexico Mounted Police.


Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-904-9
490 pp.,$45.00


CABALLEROS
The Romance of Santa Fe and the Southwest
By Ruth Laughlin

Facsimile of the Revised 1945 Edition with a new Foreword by Marcia Muth. On the Cover: Detail from “Old Santa Fe Trail,” mural in the United States Court House, Santa Fe, by William Penhallow Henderson from "A More Abundant Life, New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico" by Jacqueline Hoefer, published by Sunstone Press.

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This complete history of Santa Fe was written after extensive research and with understanding and a touch of humor. It covers all aspects of Spanish-American traditions, customs, and culture. Although first published in 1931, and revised in 1945, it is still relevant today. The author, born in Santa Fe, captures the elusive quality which makes the atmosphere of the city so appealing and writes with fluent ease of the history of the Southwest from the days of the Conquistadores. She covers every aspect of the life of the region including the political situation of the time with its Japanese Detention Camp, its art, its crafts, its architecture, and of the land and its climate.

The 1945 edition includes a detailed index, and an additional chapter and glossary. Readers of this book will get a greater understanding of the past of this popular city that will add its enjoyment in the present time. An added bonus are the illustrations by Norma Van Sweringen, a well-known Southwestern artist in the 1930s.

Ruth Laughlin, a Santa Fe, New Mexico native, was born in 1889 and died in 1962. Educated at Colorado College and the Columbia School of Journalism, she was a writer for the Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times and various popular magazines. As a result of her interest and research into the history of the American Southwest, she wrote two books: Caballeros (1931, revised in 1945) and The Wind Leaves No Shadow (1948, and expanded in 1951 with a cast of characters, additional chapters and glossary). Both books are considered to be classics of Southwestern American literature.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-599-7
444 pp.,$32.95


THE CAMINO REAL (THE KING'S ROAD) ACTIVITY BOOK
Projects for Children That Educate About Spanish Settlers in the American Southwest
By Walter D. Yoder, Ph.D.

Illustrations, games, puzzles, pictures to color.

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The Camino Real was important in the early development and settlement of the American Southwest. This book offers over 40 pages of comprehensive activities detailing the long and scenic trade route between the Western Territories and old Mexico. Children learn about the Camino Real through an exciting variety of games, puzzles, identification activities, vocabulary recognition, word searches, time lines, art activities, and more. Parents and teachers will find a wealth of ideas on ways of sharing the exciting history of our multi-cultural Southwestern environment. The author has illustrated this one-of-a-kind book with dozens of informative black and white pictures. Field tested and educator approved, the book provides a wonderful introduction into the romance and excitement of Western U.S. history.

Walter D. Yoder received a PhD in curriculum development and the arts from Michigan State University. He has held teaching and administrative posts at Michigan State University, Arizona State University, and the University of New Mexico.

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Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-218-7
48 pp.,$16.95


CELEBRATING DIFFERENCE
Fifty Years of Contemporary Native Arts at IAIA, 1962–2012
By Ryan S. Flahive, Compiler and Editor

Essays, Photographs, and Historical Manuscripts Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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On a 140-acre campus on the high plains south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) stands as a world leader in contemporary Native arts and culture education—an educational institution committed to “difference.” This fifty year history explores some basic questions. How is IAIA different from other colleges? What is it about the history, structure, location, and curriculum that makes it a special institution? How did a school that began as an experiment in American Indian arts education progress from a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) high school to a junior college to an accredited non-profit baccalaureate institution in less than fifty years? And what does the next fifty years have in store?

Published in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of IAIA, this compilation of historical documents, photographs, essays, and conversations illuminates the history and role of art education at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Ryan S. Flahive is the archivist for the Institute of American Indian Arts. He has dedicated his career to education, museums, and public history and specializes in digital preservation and manuscript curation. Flahive earned his bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri and holds a master’s degree in history and a graduate certificate in museum studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-913-1
182 pp.,$19.95


CENTURIES OF HANDS
An Architectural History of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Taos, New Mexico
By Van Dorn Hooker with Corina A. Santistevan

Photographs, Drawings, Bibliography

“Hooker was the University Architect in Albuquerque when he became involved with preservation issues at St. Francis of Assisi in 1966. He and Corina A. Santistevan, archivist for the church, present an in-depth historical view of the church through an examination of its role in the community, its architectural construction, its interior furnishings and the various solutions (and mistakes) undertaken to restore it. An excellent, detailed analysis of the life of a building.” (Books of the Southwest)

St. Francis of Assisi Church in Taos, New Mexico, is one of the most widely recognized buildings in the United States. It has been photographed by thousands of people who have visited it including professional photographers, and painted by scores of artists in various media. Its image has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers and travel brochures. But the church did not always look like it does today. Since its original construction in the early nineteenth century, it has gone through many periods of remodeling. In the recent past, St. Francis of Assisi Church has been the focus of historic preservation by a devoted congregation and the priests who led them. Their united effort saved the church from serious deterioration and abandonment. An annual program of replastering with mud in addition to repair and repainting are keeping the church in better condition than ever before. The writing of this book was inspired by this effort.

Van Dorn Hooker, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, was the university architect for the University of New Mexico from 1963 until he retired in 1987. Prior to that he was a partner in the architectural firm of McHugh and Hooker, Bradley P. Kidder and Associates, Santa Fe, architects for many churches in New Mexico including Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Fe and St. James Episcopal Church in Taos. He followed the restoration of St. Francis of Assisi Church for many years and his collection of notes and photographs made this book possible.

Corina Santistevan, the archivist and historian for St. Francis of Assisi Church, is a native of Ranchos de Taos. She was a charter member of the Taos County Historical Society and a distinguished educator. Her knowledge of the history of the church and the Taos Valley has been acknowledged by many well known writers and historians she assisted through the years.

NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE said: "Almost anything anybody will want to know about these significant buildings and their communities can be found here or in the many references listed in the bibliographies found with each of the chapters."


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CERAN ST. VRAIN
American Frontier Entrepreneur
By Ronald K. Wetherington

Foreword by Marc Simmons.

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First a trapper and trader, then a merchant, and finally an emerging capitalist in the flour industry of New Mexico and Colorado, Ceran St. Vrain was an iconic image of the industrious and self-reliant western pioneer of the 19th century. He was also a military hero, aiding the U.S. dragoons as an officer in the New Mexico Volunteer army in their fight against marauding plains Indians alongside Kit Carson.

An intelligent and affable soul, he helped lead the southwest from a barter economy, poor in cash and lacking political infrastructure, into a post-military commercial society on the road to statehood. His name has long been associated with a small handful of astute and skilled leaders in the transformation of the southwest: Carson, the Bent brothers, Charlies Beaubien, Lucien Maxwell, Colonels Sterling Price and E.V. Sumner, and yet until now his story has been largely hidden in footnotes and brief accounts of particular exploits.

This story of St. Vrain was stimulated by the author’s earlier excavation of his first flour mill in Taos, and the need to make that excavation record public. Hence, this volume is in two parts: Part I is a biographical account of St. Vrain’s life from his entry into New Mexico in the 1820s until his death in 1870. Part II is a detailed description of the mill excavations and interpretations.

Ronald Wetherington is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. From 1964 until 2001 he spent summers at SMU’s Fort Burgwin Research Center in Taos, New Mexico, variously directing archaeological operations and developing its academic program. He served two years as the Center’s Associate Director and another two as its Director.


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CERRILLOS
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in this New Mexico Town
By Jacqueline E. Lawson

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The American Southwest has many ghost towns and most of them are gone forever. But Cerrillos, New Mexico--a short drive from Santa Fe--isn’t one of them. Even though the excitement and ”Wild West” crowds no longer make this little town the hub of activity it once was, there still exists the atmosphere of the 1800s and plenty of colorful people to make Cerrillos appealing to anyone interested in western history and traditions. This book guides the reader through the history and up to the present of a town that refuses to be a ghost.

JACQUELINE LAWSON is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and has studied at the University of Washington and Broadway-Edison Tech in Seattle, Washington. She is a member of Associated Photographers International, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and St. Joseph’s Lakota Development Council in Rapid City, South Dakota. In addition to her activities in photography and writing, she is interested in genealogical research and Native American history and art.

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CERRILLOS ADVENTURE
At The Bar T H Ranch
By Maggie Day Trigg

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This story of a family’s true life adventures on a New Mexico ranch begins in the early 1940s when areas of the northern part of the state were still rugged and remote. Maggie Day Trigg and her family had exchanged the busy, crowded streets of California for the desolate arroyos of the high desert country. Soon they learned first-hand about rattlesnakes, flash floods, wild horses, kerosene lamps and “outdoor” plumbing. Share Maggie Day’s frustration and amazement as she learns to cope with an enormous old stove and finds antiques along with TNT boxes in the thirty-two room former hotel she and her family were rehabilitating. And along the way, meet Gottschalk, the resident friendly ghost.

Maggie Day Trigg, a Texan by birth, is a graduate of the University of Texas and also studied at the universities of Berlin and Munich. She is a retired interior designer.

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CHARLES F. LUMMIS
Author & Adventurer
By Marc Simmons

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Author, photographer, historian, archeologist, and preservationist, Charles Fletcher Lummis stood tall in the affections of American Southwesterners at the turn of the 20th century. A flamboyant figure of enormous energy, he championed Indian rights and Hispanic culture, while introducing Easterners, through his many books, to the rich heritage of New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

After years of fading from view, the large Lummis legacy is being rediscovered. His works are coming back into print and in 2006 the city of Los Angeles inaugurated an annual Lummis Day Festival. This little book can acquaint readers with a remarkable recorder of history and can help to reawaken interest in his efforts to preserve the distinctive cultures of the American Southwest. Additionally, this book contains, as its first chapter, the complete contents of the classic Two Southwesterners: Charles Lummis & Amado Chaves by Marc Simmons, originally published by San Marcos Press in 1968 and long unavailable until now.

Marc Simmons, besides being an aficionado of the writings of Charles F. Lummis, is himself a historian and prolific author. In 1993 he was knighted by order of the King of Spain for his publications on Spanish colonial history of the Southwest. Among his most recent books are New Mexico Mavericks, Stalking Billy the Kid, and a new edition of Southwestern Colonial Ironwork, all published by Sunstone Press.

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CHIEF OF POLICE
The Career of Richard CdeBaca During Extraordinary Times in New Mexico, 1956-1994
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Richard CdeBaca’s tenure as chief of the New Mexico State Police was a brief and controversial end to a long, productive career. Notes recorded by CdeBaca during decades as a state policeman reflect dramatic changes in how governors, legislatures, the courts, prisons and the press changed within an evolving society. It wasn’t always tidy.

CdeBaca remains an ardent supporter of police, but author David Roybal prods the long-time cop into telling concessions. Civil rights, as they are defined today, did not get in the way of daily patrols. CdeBaca acknowledges that State Police at times were poorly prepared for events and transformations, like the influx of hippies and the drug culture that followed them. On multiple issues, CdeBaca offers information that went beyond the headlines that weave through this book.

David Roybal, after editing his high school and university student newspapers, went on to become one of New Mexico’s most respected professional journalists. A New Mexico native, he has reported on governors from David Cargo to Susana Martinez. He also has reported from some of the state’s most isolated communities to address pressing needs of education, health care, government accountability and crime prevention. His stories on political campaigns of President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress have been distributed nationally. Chief of Police is David’s second book. His first, Taking on Giants, Fabián Chávez Jr. and New Mexico Politics, was published by the University of New Mexico Press.

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CHILDREN OF DESTINY
True Adventures of Three Cultures
By Jean M. Burroughs

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The best way to know about history is to be part of it. The next best way is to read about it and come away feeling as if you had been part of the events and action. Jean Burroughs has selected twelve exciting episodes covering a span of five centuries to bring history to life. Her young heroes and heroines tell their stories from their own personal viewpoints and experiences. They represent the three cultures that are the bedrock of the Southwestern United States society: Native American, Hispanic and Anglo. Each story, based on facts, is preceded by an account of the historical event or incident that forms the basic framework for the tale. Young readers will enjoy reading about the adventures of other children from other cultures and centuries. History comes to life in this series of vignettes of important times in a land that passed from one country to another until it became part of the United States--New Mexico. Illustrations by New Mexico artist, Al Chapman, add drama to the text.

JEAN M. BURROUGHS is a former First Lady of New Mexico. She is also the author of BRIDE OF THE SANTA FE TRAIL, a fictionalized account of the pioneer trip of Susan Shelby Magoffin, also published by Sunstone Press. She has written numerous articles on Southwestern US history and taught Local and Oral History at Eastern New Mexico University. Burrough's special skill has been able to combine literary creativity with in-depth historical research. The results have brought applause and appreciation from a wide and grateful readership.

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CHILDREN OF THE NORMAL SCHOOL
60 Years in El Rito, New Mexico, 1906-1969
By Sigfredo Maestas

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Everyone was in for a surprise in 1909 when New Mexico declared open the Spanish American Normal School at El Rito. The school had been founded to train teachers for the vast region of the Río Arriba in which there were few schools and the citizenry still did not speak English, sixty years after becoming a territory of the United States. The Territory of New Mexico, in quest of statehood, had decided that fluency of its people in English would earn it the right to become one of the Forty-eight, which it did three years later.

State and school officials were dismayed that few students were sufficiently prepared to become teachers. First, most had to learn to cipher and to read and write. The region’s geographic isolation, scant means of communication, and lack of roadways rendered it impossible for anyone to make the proper estimate of educational need, it turned out. But the school’s students soon discovered how much they liked the Normal School, and how willing the school was to meet their educational need.

Although the Normal School trained as many as one hundred teachers in the first decades, in time it became an elementary and high school with strong traditions and loyal students. As a boarding campus, the Normal School attracted students from throughout New Mexico, many at a very young age. Children of the Normal School recount how unity of spirit created a new culture of Americans that few knew about, and how their esprit was built on mutual esteem and shared belief.

SIGFREDO MAESTAS is President Emeritus of Northern New Mexico College, the present institution that was the Normal School at El Rito. This is his first book about people and places in New Mexico.

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CHRISTMAS IN OLD SANTA FE
Southwestern Traditions For The Season
By Pedro Ribera Ortega

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The special customs and traditions of the Christmas season in Santa Fe, New Mexico are carefully and clearly explained in this book that has become a classic.

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CHÁVEZ
A Distinctive American Clan of New Mexico
By Fray Angelico Chavez

The examination of the origins and history of the Chávez Clan in New Mexico.

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He has been called a renaissance man and New Mexico's foremost twentieth-century humanist by biographer Ellen McCracken. Any way you measure his career, Fray Angélico Chávez was an unexpected phenomenon in the wide and sunlit land of the American Southwest. In the decades following his ordination as a Franciscan priest in 1937, Chávez performed the difficult duties of an isolated backcountry pastor. His assignments included Hispanic villages and Indian pueblos. As an army chaplain in World War II, he accompanied troops in bloody landings on Pacific islands, claiming afterwards that because of his small stature, Japanese bullets always missed him.

In time, despite heavy clerical duties, Fray Angélico managed to become an author of note, as well as something of an artist and muralist. Upon all of his endeavors, one finds, understandably, the imprint of his religious perspective. During nearly seventy years of writing, he published almost two dozen books. Among them were novels, essays, poetry, biographies, and histories.

All true aficionados of the American Southwest's history and culture will profit by collecting and reading the significant body of work left to us by the remarkable Fray Angé1ico Chávez. Sunstone Press is now bringing back into print some of these rare titles.

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THE CITY DIFFERENT AND THE PALACE
Restoration of a Famous Landmark
By Rosemary Nusbaum

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The year was 1909, and a youthful Jesse Nusbaum had resigned his teaching position at the Normal School at Las Vegas, New Mexico, and had ridden his “…four-horse-power, twin-cylinder, chain-belt-driven, two-speed Excelsior motorcycle over the rough and rocky Santa Fe Trail route, to enter on July 1 at the Old Palace of the Governors.” He was the first employee of the newly-formed Museum of New Mexico and School of American Archaeology.

From that day, Jesse Nusbaum’s life was inextricably bound to Santa Fe: it was he who undertook the remodeling of the Palace of the Governors into a museum; from 1909-1913, it was he who supervised the razing of the old Army barracks at the corner of Palace and Lincoln Avenue I 1916 and also supervised the construction of the Fine Arts Museum on that site; and he was one of the organizers of the Laboratory of Anthropology, Inc., and was its first director when the doors opened in 1930. Additionally, Jesse was one of the foremost Southwestern archeologists, and he was a first-rank photographer, as many of the illustrations in this volume (although reproduced here from less than excellent sources) will attest.

For all his other accomplishments, however, Jesse Nusbaum is most closely associated with the Palace of the Governors. In this book, dedicated in memory of her husband, Rosemary Nusbaum has delineated the history of the “Old Palace.” Much has been written elsewhere about that historic structure, but only in this volume can the insight and experiences of Jesse Nusbaum be found.

Rosemary L. Nusbaum was born in Marquette, Michigan and graduated from the Baraga High School in that city. In 1929, she received the R.N. degree from the University Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and then worked as a Medical Pathologist for the Eight Corps Area of the Army stationed at Bruns General Hospital in Santa Fe in World War II. She studied sculpture with Eugenie Shonnard and ceramics with Warren Gilbertson in Santa Fe. She was also the author of numerous short stories and poems which appeared in many well-known publications. Ernest Thompson Seton said of her: “She possesses the virtue of intelligence.”

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A CIVIL GENERAL
By David Stinebeck and Scannell Gill

A novel based on the actual life and career of General George Henry Thomas, an American Civil War hero.

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George Henry Thomas was once considered the most successful general in the Civil War. Now, however, he has been nearly forgotten by historians. Born and raised in Virginia, Thomas graduated from West Point and without hesitation fought for the North, only to be disowned by his Southern family and distrusted by the Northern generals above him. Yet in death, five years after the war, he was honored with a national cortege from California to New York; 10,000 mourners attended his funeral, including President Grant and his Cabinet. The dedication of General Thomas' statue in Washington, D.C., erected by his men in 1879, was the largest celebration in the Capitol's history. This cinematic novel brings Thomas to life in his relationships with his devoted soldiers, his friends, and his loyal, independent wife.

The story's narrator, a young colonel who became his confidante, absorbs the General's wisdom, grief, and commitment to carrying out the devastating battles which, he believed, would both end the war he hated and hold his country together. The novel pictures George Henry Thomas as the kind of leader America needs now, one who fights for and respects all human beings, and is determined to see America whole.

David Stinebeck, whose great-grandfather fought under Thomas and recorded the experience in his diaries, has a BA from Stanford University and a PhD in American Studies from Yale, and is the author of Shifting World: Social Change in the American Novel and co-author of Puritans, Indians and Manifest Destiny. Scannell Gill graduated from Union College, has an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island, and is writing an original analysis of the multi-faceted roles of women in society. Together they are working on a trilogy of novels based on the racial and economic history of Nantucket Island. After 40 years of marriage, this is their first novel.

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THE CIVIL WAR IN NEW MEXICO
By F. Stanley

New Foreword by Marc Simmons.

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Taking nineteen years of research by the author, this is the story of the Civil War as the Volunteers of New Mexico lived and fought it. One chapter deals with the scene in Washington, DC, ten years before the first gun was fired at Fort Sumter; another chapter deals with the Texas claim to all the area of New Mexico bordering the Rio Grande and the near war with the United States over Santa Fe County, Texas. The last chapter gives the alphabetical list of all the New Mexico Volunteers from A to Z as found in the records of the War Department. The author included this list in order to enable any relatives to trace the war record of the heroic men who fought at Valverde, Peralta, Santa Fe, Glorieta, Pigeon’s Ranch, and the Indian campaigns.

The march of the Colorado Volunteers and the California Column is completely covered as well as the work of these men during the war years. The New Mexico Volunteers were unjustly maligned by Edward Canby, the author said, and authors ever since have echoed his sentiments without investigating the facts. This book corrects many misconceptions that may be useful to all interested in the Civil War in New Mexico.

Includes bibliography.

“An easterner by birth but a southwesterner at heart, Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola had as many vocations as names,” says his biographer, Mary Jo Walker. “As a young man, he entered the Catholic priesthood and for nearly half a century served his church with great zeal in various capacities, attempting to balance the callings of teacher, pastor, historian and writer.” With limited money or free time, he also managed to write and publish one hundred and seventy-seven books and booklets pertaining to his adopted region under his nom de plume, F. Stanley, The initial in that name does not stand for Father, as many have assumed, but for Francis, which Louis Crocchiola took, with the name Stanley, at the time of his ordination as Franciscan friar in 1938. All of F. Stanley’s titles have now reached the status of expensive collector’s items.

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CLAY ALLISON
Facsimile of the Original 1956 Edition
By F. Stanley

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Most writers are impressed by three things in the life of Clay Allison: that he had a tooth pulling bout with a dentist; that he rode the streets of Canadian, Texas, clothed only in a gun belt; and that he went back to Tennessee to marry his childhood sweetheart. Perhaps none of these incidents are hardly capable of exciting the imagination of the intelligent reader, but they do tend to set up a curiosity about this famous Western character.

Eleven years of research and thirty thousand miles of travel are the props on which the author built this story. It is not surprising that he should come up with a human being who is surprisingly capable of feats more commendable than those other Western legendary characters hit upon by most writers of Western folklore. Exciting tales of gun slingers are not always true tales. Here we have both combined.

“An easterner by birth but a southwesterner at heart, Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola had as many vocations as names,” says his biographer, Mary Jo Walker. “As a young man, he entered the Catholic priesthood and for nearly half a century served his church with great zeal in various capacities, attempting to balance the callings of teacher, pastor, historian and writer.” With limited money or free time, he also managed to write and publish one hundred and seventy-seven books and booklets pertaining to his adopted region under his nom de plume, F. Stanley. The initial in that name does not stand for Father, as many have assumed, but for Francis, which Louis Crocchiola took, with the name Stanley, at the time of his ordination as Franciscan friar in 1938. All of F. Stanley’s titles have now reached the status of expensive collector’s items.

This new edition in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series includes a new foreword by Marc Simmons, an excerpt from F. Stanley’s biography by Mary Jo Walker, a tribute to F. Stanley by Jack D. Rittenhouse (also from the biography), and an article on Clay Allison by Norman Cleaveland.

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CLAY ALLISON: LEGEND OF CIMARRON
A Novel of the Old West
By John A. Truett

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After the Civil War, Clay Allison and his brother, John, leave their ravaged Tennessee home to start a new life in Cimarron, a little town in wild untamed New mexico Territory. Not only must they deal with iron-fisted wealthy landowner Lucien Maxwell and the notorious Santa Fe Ring, but Clay Allison's life is threatened by revenge-seeking Chunk and Steve Colbert, two psychopathic outlaws. With Clay Allison's unorthodox methods of defending himself while trying to bring fairness to others, he acquires the reputation of a cold-hearted gunfighter who will kill anyone who rubs him the wrong way. This intriguing story is based on fact and includes all the people who lived at the time--including beautiful Dora McCullough who, with her love, tries to save Clay allison from going to hell.

Chuck Parsons, editor of National Outlaw & Lawman Association said: "Clay Allison is a historical figure who never killed a man unless he needed killing. But he was so much more. John A. Truett has given the gunslinger Allison new life: he was a soldier, a friend, a lover. He was a young man on the frontier who wanted to contribute positively to a new land. He left a mark on that new land and should not be forgotten. John A. Truett's biographical novel will insure he is remembered!"

JOHN A. TRUETT, a native of Artesia, New Mexico, now lives in Roswell, New Mexico. He served with the U.S. Air Force in Japan and the Philippines during World War II, received his BA degree from Woodbury University, Los Angeles, and worked in the motion picture industry as script supervisor and film editor. He is a member of Western Writers of America and National Outlaw and Lawman Association. CLAY ALLISON, LEGEND OF CIMARRON is the third in John Truett's series of western historical fiction. The first two, TO DIE IN DINETAH, THE DARK LEGACY OF KIT CARSON and MONUMENT IN THE STORM, were also published by Sunstone Press.

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COACH “CATFISH” SMITH AND HIS BOYS
The Secret That Drove Him to Win
By Glen Onley

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Milburn “Catfish” Smith rose from the humblest of beginnings in rural East Texas to lead the Carey Cardinals and the Mount Vernon Tigers to numerous football and basketball championships, including Texas State Schoolboy titles. In doing so, he defied the sports gurus of his day, many of whom subsequently credited him with three of the greatest coaching feats of his century. How did he do it? Here for the first time, the secret behind this most unusual and colorful man’s success is revealed, unknown until now even by many of his former players, “His Boys.”

No slow climb to the top was acceptable for this firebrand coach. In his first year he took his Carey Cardinals, a school with less than one hundred enrollment and no basketball court, to a fourth place finish in the Texas Schoolboy state basketball tournament, including a twenty-six-game winning streak. The twenty-three-year-old coach followed that with a 50-2 season and the state championship, back when the smallest schools competed against the largest for the coveted title.

World War II soon interrupted his career, as it did that of many of his contemporaries, but the experience was to change Catfish deeply, and in ways even his closest friends did not understand. Called to Mount Vernon, Texas in September 1943 to temporarily fill a coaching vacancy, Catfish exceeded all expectations. Seven years later, with two hundred fourteen victories and over twenty titles, including district, bi-district, regional, and state crowns, he was one of the most recognized high school coaches in the state of Texas.

However, the great coach had an Achilles heel, and it was to haunt him as no athletic opponent could.

GLEN ONLEY, author of "Beyond Contentment," "Discovery Tree," and "Sunset," all published by Sunstone Press, attended Mount Vernon schools immediately following the Catfish Smith era when the spirited coach’s accomplishments were already legendary. At Mount Pleasant High School, Mr. Onley learned the game from one of Catfish’s star players, Coach Herb Zimmerman. Now residing in Greenville, Texas, the author is writing a second volume that will cover Catfish Smith’s coaching years at the college level.

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COPPER MINING IN SANTA RITA, NEW MEXICO, 1801-1838
By Helen Lundwall with Terrence Humble

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Copper Mining in Santa Rita, New Mexico, 1801-1838 is the story of the formative years of a remarkable mine in southwestern New Mexico that has produced copper for more than 200 years. Records of the Spanish Colonial and early Mexican period have yielded intriguing accounts of the people involved in the early development of the mines, the difficulties they encountered along the way, and the importance of this small settlement to the history of the frontier. Although the Santa Rita mines produced a fortune to the few men willing or able to invest money in their development, it was always a difficult and hazardous undertaking.

Apaches, who inhabited much of southern New Mexico and Arizona at that time, created many problems for the miners. They had a strong influence over the success or failure of the Santa Rita mining operation. At times the hostility and depredations of these Indians overshadowed the remarkable success of the mines. Santa Rita was the center for military operations against the Apaches, and was referred to as the watchtower and guardian of the western frontier.

Helen Lundwall is a retired librarian. She edited and annotated Pioneering in Territorial New Mexico: The Memoirs of H. B. Ailman, and is the author of several articles on local history.

Terrence Humble worked at the Santa Rita mine for 32 years, and is an authority on the history of the mine. His articles have been published in the Mining History Association Journal and the Quarterly of the National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History.

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COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS
A History of The Sacred Heart Church, Nambé, New Mexico
By Carolina M. Romero de Luján and Alfredo Celedón Luján

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Like a sentinel, The Sacred Heart Church—La iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús—sits at the crossroads atop a hill overlooking the bucolic green valle of Nambé, New Mexico. From the panoramic and hallowed church property, one has clear vistas of the magnificent Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In this most tranquil setting, members of the parish gather every Sunday morning for mass at 8:30. The masses, celebrated by many revered priests and gifted musicians and vocalists over the years, are holy and serene—calm for the soul.

This book, through research and interviews by Carolina Romero de Luján, is a compilation of the church history and is co-authored by her son, Alfredo Celedón. Its purpose is to document, thus preserve, the oral history of the church and cemetery in written form and is designed for the reading and viewing pleasure of the families of Nambé and their succeeding generations, as well as for readers who are interested in northern New Mexico history. This book also serves as a reminder that Nambeseños, through their collective good spirit and work ethic, built the church over 100 years ago, rebuilt it after it burned down in 1946, and continue to maintain its architectural dignity through constant care to this day.

Carolina Romero de Luján is a life-long resident of Nambé and a meticulous record keeper. She is the daughter of Juanita Sena de Romero and Petronilo, the wife of Ismael Ernesto, and the mother of Alfredo, Ernie, and Jessica Ramona. She raised her family in the valley where she attended Nambé Elementary School and is a graduate of Pojoaque High School. She is retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Alfredo Celedón Luján is hijo of Carolina and Ernesto. He is the husband of Amy and the father of Amanda, Mabel, and Peter. He attended Nambé Elementary School and is a graduate of Pojoaque High School. He is a career educator in northern New Mexico, graduate of New Mexico State University and the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.


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COWBOY IN THE ROUNDHOUSE
The Political Life of Governor Bruce King
By Bruce King as told to Charles Poling

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Bruce King towered over the political landscape of New Mexico in the last half of the twentieth century. Born the son of a homesteader in the tiny Santa Fe County farm-and-ranch community of Stanley, King decided in seventh grade to be governor of New Mexico. The story of how he accomplished that goal—three times!—plays out against the tremendous transformations occurring in the society, culture, politics, and business of New Mexico since World War II. When King won his first Santa Fe County Commission seat in 1954 at age 29, running for office was a down-home affair. Politics was personal. But as he served in office and climbed the political ladder toward his lifelong ambition, New Mexico changed. The state’s population shifted away from the rural communities to the rapidly expanding cities, while the once-dominant agricultural interests in the legislature yielded to the emerging urban voting blocs. Meanwhile, the challenges of governing grew ever more complex. King’s well-recognized skills of mediation and conciliation helped him lead the state through a time of often-bewildering change. This book is rich with colorful stories as King recalls the major events of his career and conveys the human side of campaigning, governing, political deal-making, and sparring with the press. He also talks about his friendships and encounters with many of the leading national and state political figures of our time, including President Bill Clinton, President Ronald Reagan, President Jimmy Carter, Senator Pete Domenici, and then Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. A classic tale of political intuitions spiced by New Mexico flavor as unique as Hatch green chile, Cowboy in the Roundhouse is lively reading. As famed mystery writer Tony Hillerman writes in his introduction to the book, “While I count myself among the many who wanted Bruce King to write an autobiography, I doubt if any of us had much hope he’d get around to doing it. Now he has and it’s even better than we’d expected.”

Charles Poling is a journalist and author who could not remember a time when Bruce King was not governor. Poling writes fiction and true stories about the history, business, politics and daily life of New Mexico. He currently makes his home in Placitas, where the past, present, and future blend together and resonate with the peculiar harmony and dissonance known as New Mexico.

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COWBOYS, RANCHING & CATTLE TRAILS
A New Mexico Federal Writers' Project Book
By Ann Lacy and Anne Valley-Fox, compilers and editors

Stories from New Mexico field workers in the Federal Writers’ Project in New Mexico between 1935 and 1939.

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Was life on the range in the 1880s and 1890s anything like the hard riding, hard working, hard drinking shoot ‘em up images that moviegoers saw in old Westerns? Yes—and then some, the authentic documents in this collection tell us. Cowboys, sheepherders, ranchers and all those around them in Territorial New Mexico were engaged in constant life-and-death struggles. They battled with each other and with Indians. They endured blizzards, fires, drought, floods, disease and stampeding cattle. In one account, on the morning after Comanche Indians stole all their cattle, James Chisum told his daughter, “Cheer up, Sallie, the worst is yet to come.”

Also included in this collection are reports of cooperation and glimpses of daily happiness: the simple pleasure of riding the range; camaraderie during roundups; hot meals dished out from the chuck wagon; cow camp entertainments; trips to town for fandangos; a sheepherder resting beneath the constellations and his breakfast of burrañiates. There are also high-spirited narratives describing the taming of a good steer, adventures along the cattle trails, the retrieval of mavericks and the roundup of mustangs.

If the stories in this collection seem familiar, they are also surprisingly fresh. Luckily for the rest of us, field workers in the Federal Writers’ Project (a branch of the government-funded Works Progress Administration, or WPA, later called the Work Projects Administration), loved to listen and record as much as their subjects liked to talk. The resulting stories from 1935 to 1939 are rich in detail and human spirit. This collection also includes local newspaper articles, reports from New Mexico governors on the state of the livestock industry, cowboy poems, square dance calls, descriptions and drawings of cattle brands, glossaries of cowboy terms and the names of ranches in Colfax County.

Cowboys, Ranching & Cattle Trails is the fifth volume in the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project book series. Previous titles are Outlaws & Desperados, Frontier Stories, Lost Treasures & Old Mines and Stories from Hispano New Mexico.

Ann Lacy, an artist and researcher/writer, has lived in New Mexico since 1979. She works on projects related to New Mexico history, culture and environment issues. She is the recipient of a City of Santa Fe Heritage Preservation Award.

Anne Valley-Fox, writer, poet and researcher, is co-editor of the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book series. Her fourth volume of poetry is How Shadows Are Bundled (University of New Mexico Press, 2009).

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THE DEATH OF BILLY THE KID
Facsimile of Original 1933 Edition
By John William Poe

New Foreword by Marc Simmons

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Many years after the death of Billy the Kid, Deputy John William Poe, who was just outside the door when Sheriff Pat Garrett killed him, wrote out the whole story, which was published in a small edition. Later, in 1933, this first-hand account was offered to a larger public with an introduction by Maurice Garland Fulton, who lived for years among the scenes of Billy the Kid’s wild career.

While certain statements made in the book by Poe are controversial, his account is a valuable document for anyone interested in Billy the Kid. Sunstone Press is pleased to offer this complete reprint of the 1933 edition along with a new forward in its Southwest Heritage Series.

JOHN WILLIAM POE was born in 1850 and died in 1923. Early in his life he was impressed by the novels of Sir Walter Scott and developed a desire to seek adventures out West. After working as a farm hand, on a railroad construction crew, and a buffalo hunter, he wound his way into law enforcement and eventually became a deputy for Sheriff Pat Garrett. After the incident with Billy the Kid, Poe was elected sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, married, and after retiring as a lawman, settled in Roswell, New Mexico where he was a businessman until his death.

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DESPERADOS OF NEW MEXICO
By F. Stanley

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Desperados of frontier days in the United States command a certain amount of attraction. The frontier desperado was a rugged individualist stamped and marked not by environment but by circumstance. Some of the seventeen men in this book have been pushed off the pages of their day by Billy the Kid, Clay Allison and Dave Rudabaugh. But “badmen” they all were—some with colorful lives that more often than not came to abrupt and inglorious ends. So here they are, in addition to the three mentioned above: William Coe, Dick Brewer, Jim Greathouse, Tom Pickett, J. Joshua Webb, Porter Stogden, Rattlesnake Sam, Gus Mentzer, Baca of Socorro, Dick Rogers, Joe Fowler, Vicente Bilba, Black Jack Ketchum, and even David Crockett, according to F. Stanley. This new edition in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series includes a new foreword by Marc Simmons, an excerpt from F. Stanley’s biography by Mary Jo Walker, and a tribute to F. Stanley by Jack D. Rittenhouse (also from the biography). Bibliography.

“An easterner by birth but a southwesterner at heart, Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola had as many vocations as names,” says his biographer, Mary Jo Walker. “As a young man, he entered the Catholic priesthood and for nearly half a century served his church with great zeal in various capacities, attempting to balance the callings of teacher, pastor, historian and writer.” With limited money or free time, he also managed to write and publish one hundred and seventy-seven books and booklets pertaining to his adopted region under his nom de plume, F. Stanley, The initial in that name does not stand for Father, as many have assumed, but for Francis, which Louis Crocchiola took, with the name Stanley, at the time of his ordination as a Franciscan friar in 1938. All of F. Stanley’s titles have now reached the status of expensive collector’s items.

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DINETAH: AN EARLY HISTORY OF THE NAVAJO
A Chronicle of the Navajo People
By Lawrence D. Sundberg

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Here, in a highly readable style, is a lively chronicle of the Navajo people from prehistory to 1868. It is a sympathetic history of a great people who depended on their tenacity and creative adaptability to survive troubled times. The hardships and rewards of early band life, encounters with the Pueblos that revolutionized Navajo culture, the adversity of Spanish colonization, the expansion of Navajo land, the tragic cycle of peace and war with the Spanish, Mexican, and American forces, the Navajo leaders’ long quest to keep their people secure, the disaster of imprisonment at Fort Sumner—all combine to express the relevancy of Navajo history to their people today. This book with its extensive archival illustrations and photographs weaves a complex but understandable story in which Navajos changed the future of the Southwestern United States.

Lawrence D. Sundberg taught for many years among the Navajo in Arizona and has a solid background in not only education and curriculum development, but in Navajo history, language and culture. He has also created materials for Navajo students in Navajo literacy, Navajo as a second language, and Navajo culture and ethnohistory. Mr. Sundberg holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton, and a master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Northern Arizona University. He is also the author of Red Shirt, The Life and Times of Henry Lafayette Dodge, also from Sunstone Press.

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DISCOVERING A NEW AUDIENCE FOR THEATRE
The History of ASSITEJ, Vol. I
By Nat Eek with Ann M. Shaw and Katherine Krzys

The Story of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Youth in its Beginnings.

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In June 1965, a group of dedicated professional artists of the theatre met in Paris, France to create the International Association of Theatre for Children and Youth (ASSITEJ). Four days later ASSITEJ was born, and ten years later the organization boasted a total of 28 National Centers in Europe, the mid-East, the Far East, and North and South America. This is their story told meeting by meeting.

Leadership in the new organization had come from Great Britain, France, Russia, East Germany, Romania, and the United States. During these ten formative years the world went from an open discovery of new theatrical cultures dedicated to the art of theatre for young people after WWII to a divided membership that found itself lining up politically East to West but still functioning. ASSITEJ currently has over 80 national centers around the world. Its Secretariat is in Sweden, and the members of its current Executive Committee (2005-2008) come from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Korea, Rwanda, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, and Zambia.

Volume I covers the years from 1964 through 1975. Volume II will cover the years from 1976 to 1990, and Volume III the years from 1991 to 2005.

Nat Eek, PhD, is a Regents Professor Emeritus of Drama, and Dean Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma. He was personally involved in these formative years, as a member of the Executive Committee of ASSITEJ, a Vice-President, and ultimately its President. In 1988 he was named Honorary President of ASSITEJ. He participated in the events that made ASSITEJ a highly regarded international association dedicated to the art of theatre for young people.

Ann Shaw, EdD, is a Associate Professor Emerita from Queens College of the City College of New York, a research historian of ASSITEJ, an Honorary Member of ASSITEJ International, an authority in creative dramatics and theatre for the handicapped, a former Vice-President of ASSITEJ and Founding President of ASSITEJ/USA, the USA national center for ASSITEJ. Katherine Krzys is the Curator of the Child Drama Collection and Theatre Specialist for the Arizona State University Libraries, where the archives of ASSITEJ/USA and personal documentation about ASSITEJ are held. Her archival training includes The Modern Archive Institute at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

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DON JOSE
An American Soldier’s Courage and Faith in Japanese Captivity
By Ezequiel L. Ortiz and James A. McClure

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In 1941 the Japanese invaded the Philippines with overwhelming force and forced the surrender of American troops at Bataan and Corregidor. Prisoners of war were subjected to brutal captivity and thousands did not survive.

This is the story of an American soldier who survived and became a hero. When American troops liberated the Niigata POW camp after the Japanese surrender, Corporal Joseph O. Quintero greeted them with a homemade American flag that had been sewn together in secrecy. The son of Mexican immigrants, Joseph Quintero grew up in a converted railroad caboose in Fort Worth, Texas, and joined the Army to get $21 a month and three meals a day. He manned a machine gun in the defense of Corregidor before his unit was captured by the Japanese. When prisoners of war were transported to Japan, Joseph survived a razor-blade appendectomy on the “hell ship” voyage. In the prison camp he cared for his fellow prisoners as a medic and came to be known as Don Jose.

Joseph’s narrative is an enlisted man’s view of the war with first-hand descriptions of conditions in the POW camps and personal glimpses of what he and his buddies did, endured and talked about. The authors have drawn on other histories and official documents to put his story into perspective and focus on a little-known chapter of World War II.

Ezequiel L. Ortiz is a retired military officer and public school teacher who has lived in New Mexico for the past 30 years. He has written articles on local history, Hispanic heritage and military subjects for national and regional publications.

James A. McClure is a freelance writer, editor and public relations consultant. He is a retired Naval Reserve public affairs officer.

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DON JOSÉ, THE LAST PATRON
By José Ortiz y Pino III

This land is not really ours. We are simply caretakers. Our purpose in this life is to be good to the land and try to leave it better than we found it. --Don José Ortiz

A biography and guide to uses of native herbs and plants.

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Four hundred years ago, the pioneer men and women who first came to New Mexico were forced to make their life compatible with the earth and with their isolation. The beauty that surrounded them did not sustain them, but out of reverence for the land, there appeared the chosen ones--the curanderos who understood the medicinal uses of herbs; the veijitos, the old men who made folklore, history and tradition and recounted it to the younger generations. And from this same tradition came the Patrón, a man who had the ability to channel ambition and determination, and to make the land and its people yield to the law of common interest. He was a protector, a watcher of signs; he was a code maker, a fashioner of a way of life that is sadly missing in today’s world. He was called the Patrón by those whom he loved and who returned that love with work, faith and personal devotion. They called him the Patrón, but they might just as well have called him the Godfather.

José Ortiz y Pino has portrayed New Mexico, its characters and traditions with a sagacious wit and poignant keenness that could only have emanated from one who grew up in its midst. And he has narrated for us the story of a man whose visions had no limits, a man whose dedication to his goal was matched only by his sense of justice and compassion for all men--Don José Ortiz, The Last Patrón.

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DOUGHNUT DOLLIES
American Red Cross Girls During World War II
By Helen L. Airy

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American service men in England during World War II called American Red Cross girls “Doughnut Dollies.” It was a warm and affectionate term designed to show the soldiers’ appreciation for the morale-building efforts of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross girls operated “clubmobiles” which were driven to air bases where the girls served fresh doughnuts, hot coffee, and broadcast Big Band music over loud-speakers to welcome airmen as they returned from missions overseas. Red Cross girls also helped establish and operate recreation clubs wherever American service men were stationed. In London, fourteen American Red Cross clubs furnished entertainment, meals, snacks and maintained dormitories for soldiers on leave. This novel is the story of two Red Cross Aero Club directors stationed on air fields where they were instructed to establish recreation clubs. It is a story of their accomplishments, frustrations, romances, and the tragedies they witnessed and experienced.

Helen Airy was raised on a cattle ranch in Northern California. After graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, she was employed for several years as a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner. At the outbreak of World War II, her restless ways led her to join the American Red Cross personnel in war-time England. Airy served in England in various capacities where she gained an understanding of the tragedy of war. She saw courageous young men lose their lives and witnessed the grief their loss left behind. She came to admire and appreciate the stiff upper-lip courage and the generosity of the English people who opened their doors and their hearts, and shared their meagre provisions with the American and other forces that flooded their country. Airy has always been proud to be called a “Doughnut Dolly.”

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DOÑA LONA
A Novel Based on the Life of Doña Tules
By Blanche Chloe Grant

Facsimile of Original 1941 Edition with a New Foreword by Marcia Muth.

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It was a time of turbulence, turmoil and trouble that culminated in the Mexican War and the American Army occupation of what had been part of Mexico since their independence from Spain in 1821. Doña Lona is a woman of wealth and importance in New Mexico and, as the owner of a gambling hall, she becomes involved in the politics of the time. She is a loyal supporter of the Americans and helps them in the days after the conquest when there were still pockets of rebellion. She is in the right place to act as a spy for the new government.

Doña Lona is a story based on actual history and the life of the famous gambling queen, María Gertrudis Barceló, better known as Doña Tules. The characters are all part of the real life drama of the settling of the American Southwest. Doña Tules is also the subject of another book, The Wind Leaves No Shadow by Ruth Laughlin, also published by Sunstone Press in its Southwest Heritage Series.

Blanche Chloe Grant was born in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1874 and died in Taos, New Mexico in 1948. A graduate of Vassar College, she also had studied art at the Art League in New York City and attended other art schools. She continued her successful art career in painting throughout her life but began a second career as a writer after moving to Taos in 1920. She began to research the history of Taos and the Southwest and the people who were part of that history. Grant wanted to make that history readily accessible to her contemporaries, so she wrote her books all based on the facts she had uncovered in her research into the past. She is also the author of When Old Trails Were New and Taos Indians, as well as the editor of Kit Carson's Own Story of His Life, all from Sunstone Press in their Southwest Heritage Series.

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DREAMS AND PROMISES
The Story of the Armand Hammer United World College
By Theodore D. Lockwood

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The founding of an international school in the hills of northern New Mexico was not only a unique education venture, it was also the story of unusual individuals involved in an enterprise that is undoubtedly the finest memorial to the controversial businessman and philanthropist, Armand Hammer. As one of the United World Colleges under the presidency of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the institution opened with a flourish in September 1982, struggled with disappointments and financial uncertainty, but persevered to become an outstanding academic program for young people, ages 16 to 19, from over 70 countries around the world. This book focuses on the personalities involved, the international perspective, and the unpredictable participation of Hammer and his associates. It provides glimpses of all these people. It also offers an inspiration to a public hoping for better educational opportunities. Dedicated to enhancing the possibilities for peace and to training young people in community service, the college is a fascinating alternative at a time when improving the human condition is the highest priority.

Theodore D. Lockwood has been in education all his life from the time he completed his doctorate in history at Princeton University. He taught for many years and then became dean of faculty at Concord College, provost at Union College, president of Trinity College (Hartford), and then, after a premature retirement, the founding president of this United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico, USA.

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DULCE
Anglo Family Life on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation
By Patricia Williams Lein

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When Al Williams moved his family to the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation in Dulce, New Mexico, he did not know what to expect. Cool rushing mountain streams, majestic mountains, and enriching friendships were his reward. He became friends with Chief Baltazar as well as Ish Koten, the sheriff, and the Williams' family had many happy, exciting and frightening experiences there. Northern New Mexico has become a mecca for the movie industry since then, but everyone who travels there learns the lessons so innocently taught by the Jicarillas--peace, determination, and loyalty.

Patricia Williams Lein was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and moved to Dulce at the age of four. She graduated from Albuquerque High School and has traveled and lived in many other states pursuing her hobbies of painting and writing. This book was written because of a burning desire to tell others about the wonderful experiences she had during those years in Dulce. Her father, Al Williams, was eventually given the honorary title of Chief Red Eagle by Jim Baltazar, the Jicarilla Apache chief at that time. This is her first book.

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DYNAMITE AND SIX-SHOOTER
The story of Outlaw Thomas E. “Black Jack” Ketchum
By Jeff Burton

The story of Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum, an outlaw of the Old West. Facsimile of the Original 1970 Edition with a New Foreword by Marc Simmons.

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Thomas E. Ketchum, better known as “Black Jack” Ketchum, at six foot two inches tall with dark skin and black hair and described as having a “wonderful physique,” never became one of those folklore desperados whose violent and lawless ways were burnished with an illusive romance. If he is remembered at all, it is mostly for the peculiar circumstances which attended the curtailment of his earthly career. Yet, as a man who was noted in his own day, and who stood out above most others in his dubious profession, he is worthy of more than passing mention. He and his companions were among the boldest outlaws ever to ride the American Southwest, and almost the last of their line. Tom Ketchum and his small gang--one member was his brother Sam--were on the dodge in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona for less than four years and their career of banditry lasted for little more than two years.

Tom, often confused with the earlier Black Jack Christian who was the first outlaw in New Mexico to carry the handle “Black Jack,” was always the leader of their gang. In the end he paid dearly for his escapades. At his hanging in 1901 he declared, “Hurry up boys, I’m due in Hell for dinner.”

Jeff Burton was born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1936. His interest in history, folklore, and myth began at an early age. His special field has been the study of law enforcement and outlawry in the American West.

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EARTH HORIZON
Facsimile of Original 1932 Edition
By Mary Austin

The autobiography of the well-known Southwestern U.S. writer.

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Mary Austin published her autobiography in 1932 near the end of her long and creative career. Earth Horizon is both an account of her personal life and of her development as a writer. As always true to her special individualism, she wrote this book sometimes in the first person voice and sometimes in the third person. Using this literary device enabled her to speak frankly about her life while also commenting on the events and decisions that formed and influenced her life and writing. Earth Horizon is not only unique in its approach but brings a special psychological interest to the subject of autobiography.

Mary Austin (nee Hunter) was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1868 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. After graduation from Blackburn College, she moved with her family to California. She later spent time in New York and eventually settled in Santa Fe. A prolific writer, she wrote novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry. Austin became an early advocate for environmental issues as well as the rights of women and other minority groups. She was particularly interested in the preservation of American Indian culture.

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EDWARD O'BRIEN, MURAL ARTIST, 1910–1975
By Peter E. Lopez

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The early Twentieth Century brought into America many second generations of artists, writers, inventors and seekers of wealth who were born of immigrants from Europe. One of the great mural painters was born in 1910 to first generation Irish parents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His name was Edward O’Brien. Little is known about where we can see his earlier work. What we do know is that he left behind six mural masterpieces that were created between 1960 and 1975. Four murals were painted in New Mexico, one in Benet Lake, Wisconsin, at the St. Benedict’s Abbey and another at the Catholic Parish of St. Pius V in Chicago, Illinois.

What is so special about these murals is that they were created in places of worship and in Catholic institutes of learning. For more than three to four decades after their completion, they are still venerated today. Edward O’Brien’s use of acrylic paints blended with egg tempera on dry plastered panels has been compared to those of Renaissance masters. With his minute attention to detail and patient layering of paint, the luminosity of the murals appears as if it was just completed recently.

Edward O’Brien’s work reflects his study of the Old Masters and their technique of capturing light and expression. His murals depict the artist’s fascination with history and religion expressed through an eclectic mixture of landscapes, portraits and architecture. The murals reflect an influence of the great mural Mexican artists of the 1920s.

Peter Lopez is a master santero artist who was born in the rural town of Las Vegas, New Mexico, in 1940. Today, he resides in Montezuma, New Mexico. He has a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of New Mexico. He spent four years in the Marine Corps and worked a number of years for the New Mexico State Department of Labor. He has two daughters, five grandsons and one great-grandson. He has been an active artist with the Spanish Colonial Arts Society for the last twenty-two years. Peter first viewed the mural, “Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Love for the Indian Race,” a spectacular work of Edward O’Brien’s, at the St. Catherine’s Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since then, Peter has channeled his inspiration from Edward O’Brien’s art and created a collector’s edition of Edward O’Brien’s mural art work.

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ERNIE PYLE IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
A Biography of the Famous World War II Correspondent
By Richard Melzer

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Richard Melzer does for Ernie Pyle what Ernie Pyle did for thousands of average G.I.s overseas: he describes Pyle's joys and struggles from Ernie's perspective, in candid, straightforward terms. The result is a focused biography, rich in detail and broad in appeal, just as Ernie would have liked it.

BOOK NEWS reported: "A well-written and researched slice of the famous war correspondent's peripatetic life."

Dr. Melzer is also the author of two other Sunstone Press books: BREAKDOWN, HOW THE SECRET OF THE ATOMIC BOMB WAS STOLEN DURING WORLD WAR II and WHEN WE WERE YOUNG IN THE WEST, TRUE HISTORIES OF CHILDHOOD.

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ETERNITY AT THE END OF A ROPE
Executions, Lynchings and Vigilante Justice in Texas, 1819–1923
By Clifford R. Caldwell and Ron DeLord

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Since 1819 over 3,000 souls found their personal “eternity at the end of a rope” in Texas. Some earned their way. Others were the victim of mistaken identity, or an act of vigilante justice. Deserved or not, when the hangman’s knot is pulled up tight and the black cap snugged down over your head it is too late to plead your case.

This remarkable story begins in 1819 with the first legal hanging in Texas. By 1835 accounts of lynching dotted the records. Although by 1923 legal execution by hanging was discontinued in favor of the electric chair, vigilante justice remained a favorite pastime for some. The accounts of violence are numbing. The cultural and racial implications are profound, and offer a far more accurate, unbiased insight into the tally of African-American and Hispanic victims of mob violence in the Lone Star State than has ever been presented. Many of these deeds were nothing short of morbid theater, worthy of another era.

This book is backed up by years of research and thousands of primary source documents. Includes Index and Bibliography.

Clifford R. Caldwell is recognized as an accomplished historian, author and researcher on the American West. He is an expert in period firearms, and has conducted extensive research on the Texas cattle trails, trail drivers and cattle kings. Cliff is the author of a dozen non-fiction history books, and volunteers some of his time doing research for the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas.

Ron DeLord served as a patrol officer and detective from 1969 to 1977. In 1977, he was one of the founders of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) and was elected its first president. After thirty years as president, he is currently serving as special counsel. Ron is a licensed Texas attorney and is a nationally recognized police labor official, lecturer, and seminar leader. He is the author of numerous works on labor law as well as Texas history.


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EXPANDING THE NEW AUDIENCE FOR THEATRE
The History of ASSITEJ, Vol. II
By Nat Eek with Ann M. Shaw and Katherine Krzys

The Story of the International Association of Theatre for Children from 1976 to 1990.

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In June 1965 a group of dedicated professional artists of the theatre met in Paris, France, to create the International Association of Theatre for Children and Youth (ASSITEJ). Four days later ASSITEJ was born, and its story began in Discovering A New Audience For Theatre, Volume I (1964 – 1975). Now Volume II covers the years from 1976 – 1990 a period of the greatest divisiveness, which ultimately resulted in a rededication and a worldwide expansion under new leadership. ASSITEJ has over 80 national centers around the world. Its Secretariat is currently in Croatia, and the members of its current Executive Committee (2008 – 2011) come from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Rwanda, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, and Zambia.

Nat Eek, PhD is a Regents Professor Emeritus of Drama, and Dean Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma. He was personally involved in the first ten years of ASSITEJ, as a member of the Executive Committee, a Vice-President, and ultimately its President. He was named Honorary President of ASSITEJ. He has attended all the International Congresses of this History with the exception of the Moscow Congress in 1984.

Ann Shaw, EdD is an Associate Professor Emerita from Queens College of the City College of New York, a research historian of ASSITEJ, an Honorary Member of ASSITEJ International, an authority in creative dramatics and theatre for the handicapped, a former Vice-President of ASSITEJ and Founding President of ASSITEJ/USA (now TYA/USA), the USA national center for ASSITEJ. She has attended the International Congresses of this History in 1972, and from 1978 through 2005.

Katherine Kryzs is the Curator of the Child Drama Collection and Theatre Specialist for the Arizona State University Libraries, where the archives of ASSITEJ/USA and personal documentation about ASSITEJ are held. Her archival training includes The Modern Archive Institute at the National Archives in Washington, DC. She has also attended several of the International Congresses.

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THE FABULOUS FRONTIER, 1846-1912
Facsimile of the Original 1962 Edition
By William A. Keleher

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Recapturing the atmosphere of Territorial days, this 1962 extensively annotated edition of a Southwestern classic focuses on southeastern New Mexico, where "murder was a common offense" and stagecoach robberies were "nothing to get excited about." The delineation of this last, lively frontier begins in 1846 and ends in 1912 with New Mexico statehood.

Here are the deeds, lives and legends of the colorful men who figure in New Mexico history. The lucky ones: John J. Baxter who struck it rich at White Oaks, Tom Wilson and Uncle Jack Winters of the Homestake claim, Jack Martin who brought water to the Jornada del Muerto and started the desperate struggle among stockmen culminating in the Lincoln County War, and the cattle king John S. Chisum. The land grabbers: Charles B. Eddy, accused of acquiring a county through coercion; the Denman gang dedicated to frightening settlers from their hereditary holdings; and Tom Catron, political boss and land-office man who owned more than a county. Writing men: Washington Matthews, Territorial army surgeon who told about the Navajo; Hubert Bancroft, prolific historian; Adolph Bandelier, pioneer anthropologist; Charles Lummis, the journalist who publicized life in the Territory through travel books; and Lew Wallace, Territorial governor who wrote "Ben Hur." The frontier newsmen: "Ash" Upson, chronicler of Billy the Kid; Major Bill Caffrey of White Oaks' "Lincoln County Leader"; Emerson Hough who mined his Western experiences for many a yarn; and Eugene Manlove Rhodes, beloved cowboy of the big circulation magazines.

New appraisal is given Albert B. Fall, who with Doheny, another old timer, figured in the Teapot Dome affair. Not neglected are such celebrated frontiersmen as Patrick Garrett, nemesis of Billy the Kid, and Albert J. Fountain, who, with his little son, a buckboard and high-stepping team, disappeared from the face of the earth. All these and many more live again in accurate eye-witness accounts that make this a prime source book on the old West.

William A. Keleher (1886-1972) observed first hand the changing circumstances of people and places of New Mexico. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he arrived in Albuquerque two years later, with his parents and two older brothers. The older brothers died of diphtheria within a few weeks of their arrival. As an adult, Keleher worked for more than four years as a Morse operator, and later as a reporter on New Mexico newspapers. Bidding a reluctant farewell to newspaper work, Keleher studied law at Washington & Lee University and started practicing law in 1915. He was recognized as a successful attorney, being honored by the New Mexico State Bar as one of the outstanding Attorneys of the Twentieth Century. One quickly observes from his writings, and writings about him, that he lived a fruitful and exemplary life. He is also the author of "Turmoil in New Mexico," "Violence in Lincoln County," "Maxwell Land Grant," and "Memoirs," all from Sunstone Press.

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FIRE MOUNTAIN
The National Parks: A Nation's Heritage in Jeopardy
By William K. Medlin

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What kind of relationship between the human being and nature will best serve the interests of both? Using the Lassen Volcanic National Park in California as an example, the author explores these complex issues from early times, and gives an absorbing, controversial and ultimately tragic story.

William K. Medlin was raised in Northern California and spent most summers in the Lassen Volcanic National Park region which gave him a knowledge and appreciation for its natural endowments. After a degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, he continued his studies in Europe. Following service with the federal government he taught at the University of Michigan, specializing in planning education for community development and cross-cultural studies. He did similar work for the United Nations for several years. With the increase of concern for environmental policy, he renewed interest in the Lassen area and did volunteer work there upon retirement. He “rediscovered” its wilderness and, for the first time, learned of the tragic fate of its original dwellers.

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FOOTLIGHTS IN THE FOOTHILLS
Amateur Theatre of Las Vegas and Fort Union, New Mexico, 1871–1899
By Edwina Portelle Romero

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Cloggers and sopranos, contortionists, Indian Club Swingers, ticket-of-leave men and ladies of the night, shepherds, saints, and devils—these are a few of the characters portrayed in the early amateur theatrical productions of Las Vegas, New Mexico, and nearby Fort Union. Between 1871 and 1899, this area hosted no fewer than eleven amateur acting troupes, an opera company, and an oratorio society. These home grown thespians performed both secular and non-secular plays in Spanish and English as well as musicals, variety acts, passion plays, and light operas. They played in courthouses, private salas, grand opera houses, and performance halls that were occasionally stocked with hay and grain. The amateur troupers strutted their stuff before farmers, outlaws, hooligans, soldiers, and the local aristocracy.

Between 1883 and 1886, the enlisted men of Fort Union formed several amateur companies and performed at the garrison. One group took its show on the road and played to Las Vegas audiences. During this brief period, fierce loyalties arose and a vicious rivalry played out in the pages of the Las Vegas newspapers. Entertainment of all sorts was an integral part of the booming western frontier. Although professional traveling troupes came by wagon and train, the homegrown companies—made up of butchers, seamstresses, homemakers, business leaders, and politicians—always drew large audiences. Footlights in the Foothills provides an overview of these amateur theatrical companies—the players, the plays, and the venues—in addition to stories of the social ties formed by the people who offered their talents and bared their egos to the audiences of "one of the hottest towns in the country."

Edwina Portelle Romero first researched the amateur acting companies of Las Vegas in 1982 when writing publicity for The Las Vegas Players, a community theatre group. Since then, she earned a Master's Degree from New Mexico Highlands University and a Doctorate from The University of New Mexico. She has published personal and scholarly essays, short fiction, and historical articles. Once an amateur performer, Romero experienced, first hand, the camaraderie and support such groups offer their members.

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FOR GOOD OR BAD
People of the Cimarron Country
By Stephen Zimmer, Editor and Compiler

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Cimarron lies nestled on the east side of the Cimarron Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northeastern New Mexico. In the 1870s it earned a reputation as a wild and woolly frontier town that resulted from an unfortunate land grant war by which the little settlement justifiably earned its name--Cimarron--meaning wild, untaimed, or unbroken. Cimarron has not outlived its reputation. For better or worse, writers began recounting the events of its turbulent years almost before the last gun shots were fired. Some embellished the truth both in book and periodical form in an attempt to make a good story even better. This compilation represents a cross-section of writings about individuals who, for good or bad, played some part in the historical or legendary tradition of Cimarron.

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FORT SELDEN, 1865-1891
The Birth, Life, and Death of a Frontier Fort in New Mexico
By Allan J. Holmes

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Fort Selden was a small frontier fort built in 1865 with the mission of protecting the citizens of the Mesilla Valley in southern New Mexico. This book tells the story of Fort Selden’s beginning, its years of service, and its eventual abandonment. Throughout Fort Selden’s history, its troopers conducted patrols, provided escort for wagon trains, and chased horse thieves, bandits, and Apaches through spring dust storms, drenching rains, winter cold, and other hardships to accomplish their mission. The story of the fort is told through the military reports and messages of the commanders and personal letters of the soldiers.

Allan J. Holmes, a native New Mexican, is a retired infantryman who served 29 years in the United States Army in places such as Korea, Vietnam, Liberia (West Africa), Germany, Panama, and across the United States. It was this experience that piqued his interest in military history. After retiring from the service he taught United States Military History for thirteen years at Gadsden High School in southern New Mexico.

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FOUR TRAILS TO VALOR
From Ancient Footprints to Modern Battlefields, a Journey of Four Peoples
By Dorothy Cave

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Here are four men, representing the dominant cultures of the American Southwest, who set their feet upon trails which follow the physical and metaphysical journeys of their forefathers--the Pueblos’ Cornmeal Path, the Navajo Beautyway, the Spanish Way of the Cross, and the Yankee Trail of Destiny. All lead to the great fact of the past century, World War II, in which each man blazes his own trail in his country’s greatest crisis. Each carries to war his people’s pride and his father’s faith. Through the jungles of Bataan, the bloody battles of Tarawa and Iwo Jima, across the deserts of North Africa, and the formidable Italian mountain chain, each carries his bits of home--medicine bundle or crucifix, sacred cornmeal or pocket Bible--and each clings to the mystic thread that will bring him home. At journey’s end the circle closes as each man, each race, each reader, must speculate on the untrodden paths ahead, leaving them, and us, with profound--perhaps painful--questions and a deeper understanding of man’s relation to man, and to the trinity of Earth, Sky and Water.

Dorothy Cave’s literary credits include two Southwest Writers’ Awards, the Simon Scanlon Award, and the International Literary Award. She has served as historical consultant for two film documentaries on the Battle of Bataan and the ensuing POW experience, and appears in both films as commentator. Cave’s other books, all from Sunstone Press, include Beyond Courage, Mountains of the Blue Stone, Song on a Blue Guitar, and God’s Warrior: Father Albert Braun, O.F.M., Last of the Frontier Priests.

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FROM DROUGHT TO DROUGHT
Hunting and Gathering Sites of the Galina Indians
By Florence Hawley Ellis, PhD

Photographs, Drawings, Diagrams, Bibliography, and Index

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How did ancient Pueblo Indian farmers survive in the American Southwest when drought all but prevented agriculture? In 1971, archaeological research began on one of these commonly hypothesized but least actually known survival strategies. The area: Northern New Mexico; the people: one of the least studied, those of the Gallina culture; the time: the 1200s when extended drought drove people south out of Mesa Verde, Chaco and the Four Corners area (southwestern corner of Colorado, southeastern corner of Utah, northeastern corner of Arizona, and northwestern corner of New Mexico) in general toward areas of rivers or mountains in the hope of more rain.

The Gallina people established some of the highest camps known in the American Southwest where they spent the summer hunting, gathering, and possibly growing some corn or beans, returning home in the fall hopefully heavily laden with dry “jerky” meat, dried berries and medicinal plants. In the spring they would come back bearing camping equipment including pottery for cooking, eating and carrying water. They carefully hid these items probably intending to reuse them next year. But finally they ceased to return.

The pottery and camp sites waited quietly, unfound for centuries to be discovered and excavated by Dr. Ellis’s first excavation crew.

Florence Hawley Ellis, PhD, was one of the pioneer anthropologists of the American Southwest where she taught and published on her extensive excavations and related research in ethnology and such associated fields as tree-ring dating and pottery analysis. Her excavations include areas in Chaco Canyon, along the Chama, Rio Grande and Jemez river valleys and elsewhere in the Southwest. She published over 200 articles and monographs. She was trained at the University of Arizona and University of Chicago, and is also the author of San Gabriel del Yungue from Sunstone Press.

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FROM THE PASS TO THE PUEBLOS
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
By George D. Torok, PhD

A History and Guide to Sites along El Camino Real National Historic Trail.

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El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Royal Road of the Interior, was a 1,600-mile braid of trails that led from Mexico City, in the center of New Spain, to the provincial capital of New Mexico on the edge of the empire’s northern frontier. The Royal Road served as a lifeline for the colonial system from its founding in 1598 until the last days of Spanish rule in the 1810s. Throughout the Mexican and American Territorial periods, the Camino Real expanded, becoming part of a larger continental and international transportation system and, until the trail was replaced by railroads in the late nineteenth century, functioned as the main pathway for conquest, migration, settlement, commerce, and culture in today’s American Southwest. More than 400 miles of the original trail lie within the United States today, and stretch from present-day San Elizario, Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico. This segment comprises El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail. It was added to the United States National Trail System in 2000 and is still in use today.

This book guides the reader along the trail with histories and overviews of places in New Mexico, West Texas and the Ciudad Juárez area. It includes a broad overview of the trail’s history from 1598 until the arrival of the railroads in the 1880s, and describes the communities, landscape, archaeology, architecture, and public interpretation of this historic transportation corridor.

George D. Torok completed a PhD in history at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991, and is a history professor at El Paso Community College. Since 1999, he has worked with the United States National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and countless regional agencies and associations to organize events, develop interpretive sites, and promote a greater public awareness of El Camino Real. In 2003, he served as the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association’s first president. He has written numerous articles and a guidebook to historic Appalachian mining towns.


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FRONTIER STORIES
A New Mexico Federal Writers' Project Book
By Ann Lacy and Anne Valley-Fox, compilers and editors

Frontier stories of the Old West from writers in the Federal Writers’ Project in New Mexico between 1936 and 1940.

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Between 1850 and 1912, the year New Mexico was granted statehood, the Territory of New Mexico was a wild and dangerous place. Homesteaders, cowboys, ranchers, sheepherders, buffalo hunters, prospectors, treasure hunters and railroad men pushing the borders of the western frontier met with resistance from man and animal alike. Native Americans, who had lived on the land defending their boundaries and way of life for centuries, reacted to the wave of outsiders in various ways. The agrarian Pueblo peoples along the Rio Grande largely kept to themselves. Apache, Navajo and Ute tribes sometimes attempted to co-exist with the newcomers but most often they fought against encroachment. Anglo and Mexican outlaws ran roughshod across the frontier and there was no shortage of bears, wolves, mountain lions, blizzards and bad water to unsettle the newcomers. This collection of frontier stories vividly illustrates the range of struggles, triumphs and catastrophes faced by settlers who hoped to tame the land and inhabitants of Territorial New Mexico.

Between 1936 and 1940, field workers in the Federal Writers’ Project (a branch of the government-funded Works Progress Administration, or WPA, later called Work Projects Administration) recorded authentic accounts of life in the early days of New Mexico. These original documents, published here as a story collection for the first time, reflect the conditions of the New Mexico Territory as played out in dynamic clashes between individuals and groups competing for control of the land and resources.

Frontier Stories, the second in the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book Series, features informative background and historic photographs. Forthcoming books in the series include collections on mining and buried treasure, Hispano folk life, and cattle trails and ranching.

Ann Lacy, co-editor of the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book series, has lived in New Mexico since 1979. She has been an Artist-in-Residence in the New Mexico Artists-in-the-Schools Program and a studio artist exhibiting her work in museums and galleries. She has worked as a researcher and writer for Project Crossroads, specializing in New Mexico history and culture, since 1987. She received a City of Santa Fe 2000 Heritage Preservation Award.

Anne Valley-Fox, co-editor of the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book series, is a poet and writer who has worked for two decades as a writer/researcher for Project Crossroads. Her publications include Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life through Writing and Storytelling, Sending the Body Out, Fish Drum 15 and Point of No Return. How Shadows Are Bundled is her latest collection of poems.

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GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, A PRIVATE FRIENDSHIP, PART I
Walking the Sun Prairie Land
By Nancy Hopkins Reily

"Thoroughly researched and referenced, the book includes anecdotes and excerpts from letters as well as black & white photos of the artist and colleagues, and line-drawn maps." BOOK NEWS

Not "...some stuffy academic tome that seeks to uncover secrets about the artist, it's a loving book written by O'Keeffe's friend, Nancy Reily" SANTA FE REPORTER

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The time is 1887. From any window in Georgia O’Keeffe’s Sun Prairie, Wisconsin birthplace home she only saw the Wisconsin prairie with its traces of roads veering around the flat marshlands and a vast sky that lifted her soul. At twelve years of age Georgia had a defining moment when she declared, “I want to be an artist.” Years later from her east-facing window in Canyon, Texas she observed the Texas Panhandle sky with its focus points on the plains and a great canyon of earth history colors streaking across the flat land.

Georgia’s love of the vast, colorful prairie, plains and sky again gave definition to her life when she discovered Ghost Ranch north of Abiquiu, New Mexico. She fell prey to its charms which were not long removed from the echoes of the “Wild West.”

These views of prairie, plains and sky became Georgia’s muses as she embarked on her step-by-step path with her role models--Alon Bement, Arthur Jerome Dow and Wassily Kandinsky.

In this two-part biography of which this is Part 1 coverying the period 1887-1945, Nancy Hopkins Reily “walks the Sun Prairie Land,” as if in Georgia’s day as a prologue to her family’s friendship with Georgia in the 1940s and 1950s. Reily chronicles Georgia’s defining days within the arenas of landscape, culture, people and the history surrounding each, a discourse level that Georgia would easily recognize.

NANCY HOPKINS REILY was a classic outdoor color portraitist for more than twenty years and has taught portrait workshops at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas where she had a one-woman show of her portraits. Her advance studies included an invitational workshop with Ansel Adams. Reily graduated from Southern Methodist University and lives in Lufkin, Texas. She is also the author of “Classic Outdoor Color Portraits” and “Joseph Imhof, Artist of the Pueblos,” both from Sunstone Press.

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GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, A PRIVATE FRIENDSHIP, PART II
Walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch Land
By Nancy Hopkins Reily

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The time is 1946. From Georgia O’Keeffe’s old hacienda sitting on a bluff in Abiquiu, New Mexico, she could see my aunt and uncle, Helen and Winfield Morten’s property across the Chama River. Georgia had begun the restoration of her property. The Mortens, in the final stages of purchasing land along the Chama River, had recently completed their restoration of another old hacienda they called Rancho de Abiquiu.

As one of few Anglos in the Chama River valley, Georgia ventured over to Rancho de Abiquiu to introduce herself and a private friendship resulted with the Mortens and their family. In this close family circle, Georgia revealed herself and proved that beneath her bare face there was more to her than just an artist of legendary proportions.

Nancy Hopkins Reily spent many of her childhood days walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch land. She explored the canyons, the White Place, Echo Amphitheater, the mountains, and the Chama River by walking the trails worn by earlier moccasined feet. In a seamless, clear, and straightforward narrative of excerpts from their lives, Reily presents Georgia in a time-window of her age. The book features Reily’s youthful experiences, letters from Georgia, glimpses of the family’s memorabilia and photographic snapshots—all gracefully woven into the forces of the contemporaneous scene that shaped their friendship. In addition, there are insights into the land’s beauty, times, culture, history and the people who surrounded Georgia, as well as many minute details that should be remembered and which are often overlooked by others when they speak of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Nancy Hopkins Reily was born in Dallas, Texas, and attended Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi, for one year. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.B.A. in Retail Merchandising. Since childhood she has divided her time between Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. At a young age, the colorful New Mexico landscape captured her heart and gave her a sense of place. She continues to enjoy its beauty. Reily makes her home in Lufkin, Texas.

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THE GODDESS OF WAR
A True Story of Passion, Betrayal and Murder in the Old West
By Dennis McCown

Four biographies in one: John Wesley Hardin, Helen Beulah Mrose, Martin Mrose, and Laura Jennings—all figures in the American Wild West.

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John Wesley Hardin is the most famous gunfighter of the American Wild West. The subject of conversations from the Mexican border to the rowdy saloons of Kansas, he was the greatest celebrity of the age. He wrote an autobiography, but he only told what he wanted known, and few have researched beyond that. Today, Hardin is an enigma. Part of the mystery is his disastrous relationship with Helen Beulah Mrose, yet she has not been researched at all.

Until now.

Helen Beulah’s story is the final piece of the vast jigsaw of Hardin’s life and legend. Author Dennis McCown has delved into the mystery of Helen Beulah. Researching from Florida to California and north to faraway Alaska, McCown has uncovered one of the great tragedies of the Wild West. He developed this into the story of those around John Wesley Hardin.

In the end, this is a woman’s story, not a gunfighter’s, and it’s also four biographies. Hardin’s story is told, but so is Helen Mrose’s. Martin Mrose and Laura Jennings are little known today, but their lives are integral to the mystery. Written for a general audience, the story includes footnotes for those interested in knowing more, footnotes historian Leon Metz called “the best I’ve ever seen.”

Dennis McCown was born and raised in Wyoming and is proud of his “cowboy” heritage. Though he has traveled widely, he always comes back to his roots. After hearing references to Helen Beulah Mrose, McCown spent sixteen years researching her story. A member of the Wild West History Association (WWHA), McCown is a former member of the National Outlaw-Lawman Association (NOLA) and the Western Outlaw-Lawman Association (WOLA), which merged to form the WWHA. McCown is also a member of SASS, the Single-Action Shooting Society. Today McCown is a college instructor in Texas.

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GOLDEN ARMS, AKA TEST PILOTS
Six Years that Changed Aerial Warfare
By Michael Williams with Lance Grace

Photographs by Michael Williams

From 1989 to 1995, a small group of individuals with unique skill sets came together to support air-to-air/air-to-ground weapons testing over the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico. Unwilling to maintain the status quo, they came up with innovative solutions to support test missions and became the best at what they did. One of the squadron’s pilots used to say, “We do it, because we can, and we did, because it was fun.” What an adventure to fly and do what others could only speculate about. With little notoriety, we helped advance stealth, global positioning systems (GPS), and missile technologies, while developing our own capabilities that no one thought possible. Instead of saying “why,” we said “why not,” and never settled for ordinary, but extraordinary. In time, our reputation grew as an organization that could always deliver. It was not rare for a project to come in and say, “Your reputation has preceded you, so don’t screw up.” They only wanted the same support they heard other groups had received before. This book is a pictorial history of that journey, by the actual people who participated, and preserved for you to appreciate and enjoy.

Michael Williams served fourteen years of a twenty-six year Air Force career as an aerial photographer, of which eleven were spent supporting Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) programs over military test ranges in Utah and New Mexico. As one of five Air Force flight test photographers documenting Department of Defense (DoD) inflight weapon systems tests from 1989 to 1995, he developed new techniques and technologies to capture data more efficiently, and helped advance our nation’s air power for today and tomorrow.

Lance Grace spent half of his twenty year Air Force career in the Flight Test arena. Being one of the first test pilots to fly and develop F-15 Strike Eagles at Edwards AFB, he brought a synergistic philosophy to Holloman AFB, where he became the youngest commander of an active Air Force flying squadron. Having little backing, Lance created a self-sustaining mission for the 586th Flight Test Squadron that continues to this day, including all operational and maintenance support for DoD missions staging out of Holloman for tests conducted over the White Sands Missile Range.

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THE GRANT THAT MAXWELL BOUGHT
Facsimile of Number 225 of the Original 1952 Edition
By F. Stanley

The History of the Maxwell Land Grant in New Mexico and Colorado. Includes bibliography.

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The Maxwell Land Grant was an immense parcel of land in New Mexico and Colorado with a history that began when the area was a colony of Spain and ended only in the twentieth century. In this volume, published originally in an edition of 250 numbered and signed copies, F. Stanly (pseudo. Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola) takes on the task of telling the complex story.

In his foreword, Stanley says: “Look in vain for another section of land in the nation that produced so much comment from the press or absorbed the attention of the entire world. Because of this bit of land a Supreme Court Justice almost lost his life; a president of the United States wanted to horse-whip a man; a minister was looked upon as a killer; a cattle man became a killer; vigilantes rode into the night burning and killing; and the Anti-Grant War was waged in two states taking more lives than the Lincoln County War that brought Billy the Kid his fame.”

Stanley has been faulted for his scholarship and for stylistic flaws that are probably reflections of the speed it took him to publish the amazing number of books and pamphlets he produced. His narrative is chatty and anecdotal, with few of the accoutrements of establishment history. Still, he has mined newspapers, trial transcripts, and a variety of documents to produce a broad account of the area. He includes chapters on ghost towns as well as “living” towns, the railroads, Indians on the grant, and a full chapter on Clay Allison, whom Stanly regarded as a more interesting character than Billy the Kid. The original edition is probably the scarcest of Stanley’s books.

“An easterner by birth but a southwesterner at heart, Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola had as many vocation as names,” says his biographer, Mary Jo Walker. “As a young man, he entered the Catholic priesthood and for nearly half a century served his church with great zeal in various capacities, attempting to balance the callings of teacher, pastor, historian and writer.” With limited money or free time, he also managed to write and publish one hundred and seventy-seven books and booklets pertaining to his adopted region under his nom de plume, F. Stanley, The initial in that name does not stand for Father, as many have assumed, but for Francis, which Louis Crocchiola took, with the name Stanley, at the time of his ordination as Franciscan friar in 1938. All of F. Stanley’s titles have now reached the status of expensive collector’s items.

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THE GREAT AMERICAN TURQUOISE RUSH: 1890–1910
By Philip Chambless and Mike Ryan

The story of the largest organized effort to mine turquoise in U.S. history.

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The Great American Turquoise Rush was the period of the largest concerted effort to mine, process and market turquoise in the history of the United States. It started when traditional markets for the clear sky blue Persian turquoise closed and the east coast jewelers, who controlled the jewelry trade in the United States, were forced from necessity to reappraise the quality of turquoise from the southwest. The efforts to control this new market were begun in New Mexico but would expand into other states. This is the true story of that time, largely forgotten or remembered only from oral tradition.

Philip Chambless has lived in the mountains outside Grants, New Mexico since the 1970s and is a full time turquoise prospector, lapidary and jewelry designer. He has researched this period of the history of turquoise for more than twenty years.

Mike Ryan retired from a thirty-year career as a financial advisor, author and teacher in 2011 and reawakened a passion for turquoise first begun in the 1970s. He is the author of Asset Allocation and the Investment Management Process and The Colors of Money: Finding Balance, Harmony and Fulfillment with Money.

On the cover: Original equipment and turquoise from the Cerrillos Tiffany mine. Studio Seven Productions/Douglas Magnus.


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THE GREAT PECOS MISSION, 1540-2000
By Carol Paradise Decker

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The great Pecos Mission is now reduced to roofless red walls that loom over the surrounding countryside in Northern New Mexico. Each year thousands of visitors view the ruins and the earth-covered rubble of the pueblo it served. About 20 miles east of Santa Fe, the site is now protected by the National Park Service. But what was the role of the mission? What was its influence? Why does it still matter?

When Spanish explorers first visited Pecos in 1540, they described the pueblo of about 2,000 persons as the “biggest and best” of the Indian communities they had yet seen. This eastern pueblo dominated the pass through the mountains between the Great Plains and the Rio Grande valley, controlling travel and trade over a large area of what is now New Mexico.

In 1625, Franciscan missionaries completed the huge church at this site. From here they introduced Christianity and the heritage of medieval Spain, profoundly affecting the lives of the pueblo people. The church was destroyed during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. Its foundations embrace the smaller church, finished in 1717, whose walls we see now.

This book brings you glimpses of people, events and the continuing significance of the old Pecos Mission.

Carol Paradise Decker moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico from New England in 1980. Since then she has taught Spanish, New Mexico Heritage, and Intercultural Relations to adult groups in many venues. For five years (1998–2003) she served as a volunteer at the Pecos National Historical Park. Her first book, Pecos Pueblo People Through the Ages, also from Sunstone Press, is a series of stories explaining how changing times affected the lives of the people. This new book shares some perspectives on the old mission itself.

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GROWING UP TO COWBOY
A Memoir of the American West
By Bob Knox

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Bob Knox grew up in the cowboy life style of the 1930s and 40s, spending summers with two old-time cowboy uncles in various locations around Colorado. During this time, in the settings of no vehicles, staying in some pretty crude cow camps, he learned some of life's valuable lessons. After graduating from high school in 1948, the author worked in the rugged cow country of northern New Mexico where, as a teenager, he hired out as a cowboy for some of the big ranches in the area. His story gives good insights into what it was like being a cowboy before the advent of four-wheel drive pickups and horse trailers and later when it was important to adapt to modern day technology.

Bob’s book covers a wide spectrum of cowboy life--a span of sixty-four years--and his blend of humorous and historical accounts makes for fast, enjoyable reading. From one hilarious episode to another, the reader gets the feeling of what it was like, "Growing up to Cowboy."

Bob Knox retired in 1994 and is now living in Cimarron, New Mexico where he and his wife Bettye are adjusting to living in town.

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THE GUADALUPE HISTORIC FOUNDATION
How a Secular, Non-profit Organization Saved Santa Fe’s Most Religious Site
By Kay Lockridge

A history of the Guadalupe Historic Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico and how they restored and preserved the Santuario de Guadalupe built in the 18th century in Santa Fe.

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The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe envisioned by a peasant in 16th century Mexico has been told over and over throughout the ensuring centuries, as has that of the Santuario de Guadalupe built in 18th century Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Franciscan friars who accompanied the Spanish Colonial colonists on the Camino Real (Road of the Royals) from Mexico to Santa Fe, bringing with them their Roman Catholic faith and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. While the Santuario was not the first shrine to Our Lady in what became the United States, it is the oldest, still-used such structure in this nation. Yet, by the middle of the 20th century, the Santuario was in such disrepair that the parish considered demolishing it and paving over the site for a parking lot. Some said only a miracle could save it. This book goes behind the scenes and tells—for the first time—how a small, dedicated group of volunteers formed a secular, non-profit foundation in 1975 and proceeded to save the Santuario for generations to come. Over the next 30 years, these people, and hundreds more, gave their time, money and efforts to accomplish this miracle.

Journalist Kay Lockridge has covered breaking news, both locally and nationally, since she was a teenager. Newspapers, magazines and The Associated Press have carried her byline for the past fifty years. What began as an independent investigative effort in 2015 developed into this book.


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GUNS OF THE LINCOLN COUNTY WAR
Clifford R. Caldwell
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A concise tutorial and reference work dealing with the firearms available, and used, during the Lincoln County War.

Beginning with the Horrell War of 1873 and continuing through Billy the Kid’s death at the hands of Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881, the author describes, in detail and with photographs, the actual firearms that were available to the combatants during the era. The typical historians’ shelves are crammed with volumes about and the Lincoln County War in New Mexico, Billy the Kid, Sheriff Pat Garrett, John Henry Tunstall and Sheriff William Brady. But in Guns of the Lincoln County War the reader will learn the facts about the firearms of the period and those weapons used in the epic battle on the Rio Bonito river in southern New Mexico. This book will expand the knowledge of the ardent enthusiast as well as the accomplished historian. The book is easy to understand and follow for those unfamiliar with weaponry, but is thorough and descriptive enough to capture the interest of those who are. Includes bibliography, glossary of terms, dates of manufacture, and index. Without question this is the only reference work of its kind in print.

Clifford R. Caldwell has cultivated his interest in western history since boyhood. After a stint in United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, he retired from a successful thirty-five-year career working for several Fortune 500 corporations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and is the author several books and published works including Dead Right, The Lincoln County War; A Day’s Ride From Here, Volume I: Mountain Home, Texas; A Day’s Ride From Here, Volume II: Noxville, Texas; John Simpson Chisum, The Cattle King of the Pecos Revisited, and his most recent works Texas Lawmen 1835–1899, The Good and the Bad; Texas Lawmen 1900–1940; Robert Kelsey Wylie; Forgotten Texas Cattle King; and Eternity at the End of a Rope: Hangings, Lynchings, and Vigilante Justice in Texas. He is recognized as an accomplished historian and researcher on the American West and period firearms, having conducted extensive research on the Texas cattle trails, trail drivers and cattle kings. He is a past member of Western Writers of America, Inc., and the Texas State Historical Association. When not writing, Cliff does research on a volunteer basis for the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas. He and his wife live in the Hill Country of Texas, near Kerrville.


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HEADLESS IN TAOS
The Dark Fated Tale of Arthur Rockford Manby
By James S. Peters

Foreword by Marc Simmons.

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Following the discovery of the decapitated corpse of Arthur Rochford Manby in his nineteen-room mansion in Taos, New Mexico, there quickly arose two schools of thought as to the event. One sect accepted that he was gruesomely murdered, while the second held to the belief that he had staged his death and left behind the cadaver of a stranger. The case was a bizarre enigma wrapped in riddles, confusion, betrayal and greed. Finally for posterity, and as relief to the guilty, it was labeled an unsolved crime. Today it is referred to as the "Manby Mystery of Taos."

This book contains very little mystery. Rather, it is the tragic account of Manby and his 35-year career in manipulation, extortion, high-grading and murder. Arriving in New Mexico from England in 1883, the 24-year-old Manby began his personal odyssey for El Dorado: the dream of building a vast empire in the Southwest. He finally does so in 1913 when becoming the owner of the 61,000 acre Martinez Grant of Taos. But after three years it slips from his grasp and he is left nearly penniless.

In his last years he gradually decays mentality and emotionally. Looked upon as an eccentric, no one realizes how ill he has become. Finally having a falling out with a quartet of compatriots, in July, 1929, he is murdered and decapitated.

James S. Peters was born in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1930. In the mid-1940s his family moved to California where at sixteen he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served three years as a medic. Later he spent ten years in the navy as a photographer and in 1964 he alighted in Taos, New Mexico and developed an avid interest in Southwestern American history. After living in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, he continued researching and writing articles on the frontier West. After retiring, he pursued his interests in writing and painting. His previous book, Robert Clay Allison, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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THE HEALER
The Story of a Mystic
By Norman Cleaveland, Editor

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In most generations there appears a person, usually a man, who has authenticated powers of healing and who acts, often, as a kind of messiah. This is a person who by his or her charisma and personal magnetism attracts a large following. Charlatan, miracle worker or deluded mystic? Few contemporaries can ever decide and history itself is not sure. Such a person was Francis Schlatter who arrived in Denver in 1892. He was a German immigrant shoemaker and a devout Catholic who was on a special mission for the “Father.” The mission required him to wander about the country and even to be thrown in jail in Arkansas. In the villages of New Mexico, he was known as El Sanador, “The Healer.” This is a collection of articles about Schlatter and his own story of the wandering. He finally disappeared from a ranch in New Mexico and his body and "miraculous" copper rod were later discovered in Mexico.

NORMAN CLEAVELAND, born 1901 in California, came home to New Mexico at ten months of age. The son of Agnes Morley Cleaveland, he was educated in Silver City, New Mexico and in California. After receiving his degree at Stanford University, his professional career as a mining engineer was spent principally abroad, including twenty-two years in Southeast Asia. He is the author of two books, THE MORLEYS and BANG BANG IN AMPHANG.

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HEROES AND VILLAINS OF NEW MEXICO
A Collection of True Stories
By Bud Russo

Some of these tales are about genuine heroes. Some are about dastardly villains. Others you’ll have to decide for yourself: hero or villain? You’ll recognize these people, even if you don’t remember their names. They are Spanish colonials, Mexicans, and Anglos all the way to the present. They are even aboriginal Americans predating the arrival of Europeans. These are personal tales—gossip, you might say—and, when you finish a story, if you’re like me, you’ll be able to say, “I didn’t know that!” Now, don’t you think knowing the quirks and grit of those who peopled the pages of your history textbooks—rather than all those dates and places—is more interesting? The author always thought so. After a dozen years writing travel stories about New Mexico, he undertook writing yarns of adventure, intrigue, failure, and even death. Open the book to Elfego Baca’s story and learn why one Mexican had no fear of American cowboys. Or how Navajo Chester Nez, who was denied the right to speak his native language, used Navajo words to help win World War II. Or even how the haughty wife of a colonial governor was falsely denounced to the Inquisition as a Crypto-Jew. Fact or imagination? Sometimes it’s hard to know which it is, but these, at least, are true life episodes. Includes Readers Guide.

Bud Russo went to New Mexico in 1961 to go to college, then out into the world to make his mark as a journalist. Forty years later, he returned to find the sunshine. And found so much more. He writes for several local magazines and newspapers, traveling the state and exploring New Mexico’s people, places, history, and culture. Each story he finds makes him wonder time and again how he got born in Maryland, when his roots are so deeply embedded in the Land of Enchantment. So, for as long as he’s here, he intends to wander the backroads, peek around the next turn, look for surprises over the next hill, never knowing where or when he’ll encounter his next story.

¡Que os guste el libro!

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HIKING NEW MEXICO’S CHACO CANYON
The Trails, the Ruins, the History
By James C. Wilson

Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon is a guidebook for informed hikers who want a substantive yet accessible guide to hiking and camping at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, a World Heritage Site that the Zuni, Hopi, Acoma and other pueblos consider their ancestral homeland. The guide offers advice about what to bring to the canyon, information on camping at Chaco’s Gallo Campground, and personal accounts of hiking “Downtown Chaco” and the longer, sometimes remote mesa trails. Included is a summary of the canyon’s history before, during, and after the Ancestral Puebloan occupation, as well as an overview of current research in the canyon and a bibliography for those who want to learn more. One thousand years ago Chaco Canyon was a metropolis of massive stone structures at the center of Chaco culture. The book also includes maps and over fifty of the author’s photographs.

James C. Wilson has been hiking and camping at Chaco Canyon for more than forty years. After writing for both Santa Fe newspapers in the 1970s, Wilson taught journalism at the University of Cincinnati for thirty years, specializing in science journalism. He has published six books, including Embodied Rhetorics: Disability in Language and Culture; Weather Reports from the Autism Front: A Father’s Memoir of His Autistic Son; and Santa Fe, City of Refuge: An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture. Retired, he lives on the West Mesa, across the Rio Grande from Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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HIKING NORTH AMERICA'S GREAT WESTERN VOLCANOES
A Guidebook
By Tom Prisciantelli

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Here is an excellent opportunity to learn about the volcanic events and landforms of the American West while hiking ten trails through its most scenic mountains. Hikes in New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, California, Oregon and Washington reveal the fury of past events and demonstrate the power of volcanic activity today.

In hiking these trails, one can learn about the processes that form volcanoes and the contradictions scientists are still struggling to explain regarding certain volcanic upheavals. Interestingly, the energy released during the Mount St. Helens eruption can be compared to the atomic bomb that ended World War II--not just one but 20,000 of them. Yet Mount St. Helens was just a firecracker compared to others. And, Yellowstone Park sits within the remains of what was once a huge volcano. The rim surrounding the park is 50 miles across. Yellowstone is one of those contradictions, having been formed by the same process that brought the Hawaiian Islands out of the ocean. Both areas are still active and the hikes explore their disposition and prognosis.

In this book and on the trails, geology and archaeology intersect to tell a tale of landforms rising from the earth and the ancient people's struggle to persist and adapt. Geologists have died studying volcanic eruptions. Native Americans wrote gods into their history while watching fire burst from the ground. Hiking these mountains turns exercise into awe and respect for the energy still building under these massive ranges. The author explores the most interesting landforms, with some trails to summit craters and others through the innards of decapitated volcanoes still standing as high mountains.

For more than thirty years Tom Prisciantelli has driven the roads and hiked the trails of the American West. In his first book, Spirit of the American Southwest also published by Sunstone Press, he explored along hiking trails the geology of the Southwest and the arrival of the Native American's ancestors. From that exercise he was fascinated by a particular chapter in the geology lesson he learned on the road: that dealing with volcanoes. His research for this book took him along that path. The author and his wife live in a solar-powered adobe home in northern New Mexico, in full view and respect for one of the volcanoes about which this book was written.

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HISPANO HOMESTEADERS
The Last New Mexico Pioneers, 1850-1910
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After Santa Fe was founded in 1610, the Hispano people were restless to expand their colony. They slowly pushed their borders to the north, establishing little villages along the Rio Grande and dozens of its tributaries. Their progress was often interrupted, first by the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and later by fierce resistance from the native people whose territory they were invading. Nonetheless, over the centuries of Spanish and Mexican rule, their frontier plaza villages survived. During their long journey, these unique people retained a strong sense of their Spanish identity and tradition. Most remarkably, they also continued to speak a version of castellano, the sixteenth century language of Cervantes.

Historians usually say that the outer boundary of the Hispano homeland was defined by the 1860s or 1870s. But the last of the Hispano homesteaders were not finished and continued to create new settlements in the final decades of the nineteenth century and even the early years of twentieth century. This is the never before told story of a few of these New Mexico Hispanos, among the last pioneers, who made their home along a little known river in the high mountain wilderness at the northern edge of New Mexico. And it was happening at just about the time that New Mexico became a state.

Harlan Flint’s connection to things Spanish began when he started to learn the language at the Putney School in Vermont under the guidance of a Jewish woman, a native of Spain who was a refugee from General Franco’s regime. His interest in the language and Spanish culture has lasted a lifetime. Flint attended Swarthmore College and the University of New Mexico where he later earned his law degree, after three years in the army. He began his career as a lawyer in Santa Fe, specializing in New Mexico water law, and later was a corporate executive for twenty years before returning home to Santa Fe. His interest in the subject of this book began thirty five years ago when he and his family bought an old Hispano homestead in northern New Mexico.

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HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF NEW MEXICO
From the Earliest Records to the American Occupation in 1847
By L. Bradford Prince

New Foreword by Richard Melzer, PhD

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LeBaron Bradford Prince (1840-1922) was a transplanted New Yorker, a tireless judge, a controversial territorial governor, a gentleman scholar, and an early leader of the Historical Society of New Mexico. In all these roles, and others, he was a passionate advocate of New Mexico statehood.

Prince was born, raised, and educated in New York. As a young attorney, his political career in state politics had progressed well until he clashed with leaders of the state Republican Party machine. Salvaging his political fortunes in the West, Prince won appointment as the chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1879. By all accounts, no territorial judge worked harder than Prince, often hearing cases from 8:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night. In what time remained in his busy days, Prince compiled a 603-page volume of territorial laws and began to write history with the clear purpose of advocating New Mexico statehood. His first work on New Mexico history, entitled Historical Sketches of New Mexico from the Earliest Records to the American Occupation, appeared in 1883.

This new edition, part of Sunstone’s award-winning Southwest Heritage Series, includes a facsimile of this original edition along with a new foreword by Richard Melzer, PhD, a biographical sketch from History of New Mexico (1891) by Helen Haines, and a tribute to the memory of L. Bradford Prince from a publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico, No. 25. Prince’s The Student’s History of New Mexico and New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood are also included in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series.

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A HISTORY OF HIGHWAY 60 AND THE RAILROAD TOWNS ON THE BELEN, NEW MEXICO CUTOFF
By Dixie Boyle

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In 1903 the AT&SF Railroad began laying track on the Belen Cutoff from Belen, New Mexico to Amarillo, Texas. The railroad company encouraged settlement of New Mexico’s eastern plains by sponsoring emigrant trains, a quicker method of transport for settlers moving their belongings and livestock across the country. Towns were founded along the route with the arrival of the railroad. Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner. Taiban’s Pink Pony Saloon & Dancehall publicized cock fighting and had a live snake den in the basement. Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart stopped at Portair Field in Clovis while flying across the country in the 1920s. Did you know Mountainair was the Pinto Bean Capital of the World, Negra has one of the last vintage gas stations in the state, Butch Cassidy and his gang trailed cattle to the railhead in Magdalena, and Montague Stevens was one of the last hunters to stalk grizzly bears? This book will give you answers to these questions as well as a glimpse into the history of this fascinating part of New Mexico, “The Land of Enchantment.”

Dixie Boyle taught English and social studies for twenty years in the public school system before retiring early and working as a freelance writer, newspaper reporter, museum curator, park ranger and fire lookout for the U.S. Forest Service. She has published numerous historical articles and eBooks about the history of New Mexico and Wyoming and two books, Between Land & Sky: A Fire Lookout Story and The Enchantment of New Mexico.


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HISTORY OF INDIAN ARTS EDUCATION IN SANTA FE, 1890-1962
By Winona Garmhausen, PhD

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What price Indian education? What kind of education? These were questions that had faced government officials, dedicated teachers and Indians since the late 1800s. When tourist and collectors became interested in Native American art, the questions expanded to include training of Indian artists. The leading school for that became the Institute of American Indian Arts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its beginnings from an Indian boarding school with an emphasis on vocations to the 1960s is chronicled in this book that includes historic photographs, a bibliography, and an index.

Winona Garmhausen has been involved in the field of art education since 1959. She has taught art in secondary schools and colleges. Her involvement in Native American art dates from 1972 when she moved to New Mexico.

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HOMETOWN CORRALES, A FAMILY ALBUM
By Mary Pietsch Davis

Accompanied by a wealth of family photographs, Hometown Corrales: A Family Album tells the story of Corrales, New Mexico through the lives of many of its long-time families. The fifty-eight families profiled in the book are introduced by a brief Corrales history, providing a context for their stories. Some families trace their histories back to the early eighteenth century Hispanic founders Others came later throughout the nineteenth century and were later joined by French and Italian immigrants. Later arrivals—professionals and artists including professional photographers Dick Kent and Harvey Caplin—came after World War II. Interspersed throughout the family sections are sidebars discussing aspects of Corrales history such as an early nineteenth century militia, the Adobe Theatre, Depression-era recipes, and the Seventh-day Adventist Sandia View Academy. Brief recollections of Corrales are tucked into the text.

Mary Pietsch Davis is the author of a book on Corrales in the Arcadia Publishing series Images of America (2010) and co-authored with Kathryn Sargeant Shining River Precious Land, a popular book of oral histories from Albuquerque’s North Valley. Davis served as the historic preservation planner with the City of Albuquerque for nearly twenty years and has served as the chair of the Corrales Historical Society Archives Committee.

New Mexico native graphic artist and fellow Corrales Historical Society member Carolyn Wilder O’Mara, designed this book. She studied art at the University of New Mexico and is now retired from a career in graphic design.


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HONOR AND DEFIANCE
A History of the Las Vegas Land Grant in New Mexico
By James Bailey Blackshear

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In 1835, a petition for land far from Santa Fe, New Mexico was awarded to pobladores (settlers) willing to relocate to the eastern edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Founded along the Gallinas River, the settlement became the Las Vegas Land Grant. The history of this grant is the history of New Mexico. On this 496,000 acre community grant, beliefs about land and faith were intertwined within a system of shared sacredness. In the 1890s, Anglo-American merchants and cattlemen joined with Hispano elites in the first concerted effort to wrest control of this grant from its original owners and heirs. The heart of this book investigates how a rural nuevo-mexicano (New Mexican) movement on the Las Vegas Land Grant evolved from burning barns and cutting fences to political activism and success at the ballot box. It also examines the history of New Mexico land grants, Hispano mountain culture, the origination of the town footprint, the boom of Territorial Las Vegas, and the cultural diversity that existed within the two distinct towns that emerged when the railroad came to Las Vegas in 1879.

Honor and Defiance details the impact of American expansion into a well-established Hispano urban center, and highlights the robust nature of nuevo-mexicano spirit, determination, and ingenuity on the Las Vegas Land Grant. The book also includes photographss of Las Vegas, leaders of the period, and the land they fought for.

James Bailey Blackshear received his master’s degree in history from Texas A&M and his PhD in history from the University of North Texas. He has won awards for his literary essays, and has been published by the New Mexico Historical Review and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He has spoken about the Las Vegas Land Grant at history conferences in both Colorado and Texas.


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A HOUSE NOT MADE WITH HANDS
An Autobiography
By Myrtle Stedman

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He couldn’t say “I love you” until the end. And now he was gone. Before, there was the intense love affair mixed with deep disappointments and hurts that started in the 1920s and developed over the years when the two were artists and architects in Santa Fe and Taos. Afterwards, she went on—on to reach new heights as she became a famous builder of adobe houses and a painter of all that surrounded her. But his influence remained and it permeates her writing as firmly as the mind that dominated her before his death. Yet this seems to stimulate her probing deeper into her own self and she transports the reader to the art colonies, the blue skies and clean, cool air of northern New Mexico over several decades. Is this a love story? Perhaps not. More likely this is a study in the transforming of attitudes, shaping the reader’s thought to appreciate everything about everyday life, encouraging joy in every emotion, searching for one’s own consciousness.

Myrtle Stedman was known as an “Artist in Adobe,” designing, building, and remodeling adobe homes under a contractor’s license. She was also a well-known artist whose academic training started in 1927 when she was a student in the Houston Museum of Fine Arts school. Her English born husband, Wilfred Stedman, whose background was in architecture as well as in painting and illustrating was recognized as one of the most outstanding artists of the American Southwest. Adobe architecture in New Mexico was one of Wilfred’s favorite topics of conversation and Myrtle was instilled with the love of adobes from the moment they were married. After his death in 1950, Myrtle went on to become one of the foremost authorities on adobe construction. Myrtle Stedman was a member of PEN New Mexico, a branch of PEN Center USA West of International PEN and believed that there is no end to what the mind can do with the eye and hand, in time and in spirit. She is also the author of Artists in Adobe, Adobe Architecture, Adobe Remodeling and Fireplaces, Of One Mind, Of Things to Come, Ongoing Life, Rural Architecture, The Ups and Downs of Living Alone in Later Life, and The Way Things Are or Could Be, all from Sunstone Press.

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HOVELS, HACIENDAS AND HOUSE CALLS
The Life Of Carl H. Gellenthien, MD
By Dorothy Simpson Beimer

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Carl H. Gellenthien was a senior medical student at the University of Illinois when he discovered that he had an advanced case of tuberculosis. At that time, the 1920s, the only known treatment was rest and fresh air. The climate of the American Southwest was thought to be one of the best because of the dry air and sunshine. Young Carl, although given only two years to live, went to Valmora, New Mexico where a tuberculosis sanatorium had been established in 1904 by Dr. William T. Brown. He was not only cured but went back to school and completed his medical studies. He then returned to Valmora, married Brown’s daughter and later became the medical director of Valmora Sanatorium.

DOROTHY SIMPSON BEIMER, a native of Las Vegas, New Mexico, is a professor emeritus from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. She is also the author of Audrey of the Mountains, the Story of a Twentieth Century Pioneer Woman, written under the name Dorothy Audrey Simpson, also from Sunstone Press. With a B.A. from New Mexico Highlands University, an M.S. from the University of Utah, and an Ed.D. from the University of New Mexico, Dr. Simpson taught over thirty years and has written many articles for magazines and other publications.

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I WANT TO PLAY
A History of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra
By James Preus

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No business plan, focus group, or grant request preceded the birth of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. A couple of amateur musicians, who didn’t know that starting an orchestra might be difficult, found a willing conductor, recruited a few friends, and made it work. Over the course of 25 years the orchestra has played a hundred concerts and found a place in the musical life of Santa Fe. This is its story.

Like most members of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra (SFCO), Jim Preus’s avocation has been music. And like other members, music is a very important part of his life. His instrument, the bassoon, is not a party instrument or one to entertain around a campfire; it requires the interaction with other instrumentalists, most appropriately in a symphony orchestra. That makes the SFCO a very important organization to him and the other members of the orchestra.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in music education and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota. Now retired, for most of his professional life he was an administrator at the University of Minnesota. Playing in an orchestra, in musicals, and in chamber music were all part of his avocational life. The availability of a community orchestra was a factor in moving to Santa Fe, and so this book is payback for the existence of that opportunity.

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IN THE DUST OF TIME
An Account of the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680 and Its Aftermath
By Donald L. Lucero

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The land to the south of the villa of Santa Fe was a series of ridges, like ripples in the earth. Indians standing on the roofs of the casas reales in the pre-dawn hours of December 16, 1693, could see across the ruins of the village to the hills beyond. The sun was just beginning to light the mountains to the east. Across the snowy hills came a winding army of men, wagons, and stock riding up from the south. The army, as warlike in appearance as any that ever marched to meet an opposing force, came slowly, a long beige snake spiked with muskets, horse snaffles, and lances glinting in the sun. The colonists’ first sight of the large, fortress-like casas, the former government buildings and the residence of the Spanish governor, was marked by an outburst of extraordinary fervor. After the agonies of the past two-and-one-half months, the Army of Reconquest had finally reached its goal. The Indians and colonists observed each other across a great expanse as the army approached the city’s walls.

Colonized in 1598 and driven into exile in 1680, the Spaniards were aware that theirs might be the first colony to be defeated by an indigenous people. They had made several previous attempts at reconquest, but each of these attempts had failed. The Spaniards were finally successful in 1692 in achieving a bloodless, but only ritual repossession. The actual occupation and resettlement of the New Mexico Kingdom, however, would prove to be a deadly affair.

This book completes Lucero’s trilogy—Voices in the Stillness—regarding New Mexico’s colonial history. It provides an account of the better than 20 ancestral families—his forebears—that returned with the Army of Reconquest. Based on a true series of events, the book sets out the particulars of the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680 and its aftermath, as told from the viewpoints of the Lucero de Godoy and Gomez Robledo families and some of the other New Mexico colonists who experienced it. Author of several books regarding the New Mexico colony (The Adobe Kingdom, A Nation of Shepherds, The Rosas Affair, all from Sunstone Press), Dr. Lucero meticulously retraced the colonists’ deadly retreat, as well as the trails of their several attempts at reconquest, as part of his research for this book.

Donald L. Lucero is a former resident of Las Vegas, New Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree at New Mexico Highlands University. He holds graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico and the University of North Carolina. Dr. Lucero, a licensed psychologist, conducts a private practice in psychology in Raynham, Massachusetts.

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JOHN SIMPSON CHISUM
The Cattle King of the Pecos Revisited
By Clifford R. Caldwell

"This is an absorbing biography, well written and deeply researched, and as might be expected from a Lincoln County War authority, it is especially strong in its coverage of Chisum's behind-the scenes activity as a business associate of the lawyer Alexander McSween who was in turn a business associate of John Tunstall, whose murder in February, 1878, sparked the Lincoln County War." ROUNDUP MAGAZINE

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John Simpson Chisum left a trail across the American West so wide that a blind scout could follow it. Although his track can be picked up effortlessly, the gaps and sketchy information about the man leave us with but half of the story. John Chisum’s life story seems to have been defined by his association with Billy the Kid and a singular, epic cattle drive across the barren expanses of West Texas to New Mexico. Ask anyone on the street about John Chisum and they are apt to bring up The Chisholm Trail. In an unlucky twist of historical circumstance the totally unrelated Chisholm Trail which covered roughly the same path as the Kansas Trail, the Abilene Trail, or McCoy's Trail and was named for Jesse Chisholm would be forever confused with John Chisum’s Western Trail.

Perhaps the noted historian Harwood P. Hinton, Jr. said it best over a half century ago when he penned “A definitive biography of John Chisum may never be written, for there is quite a paucity of information not only concerning his life but also his stock dealings, which spanned the Southwest for thirty years.” Not at all unlike the saga of legendary personalities of the American West such as Billy the Kid the story of the life and times of John Chisum has become "so contaminated with hypothesis and folklore that what remains of his story is little more than a blurred picture of a misrepresented and uninterpreted individual ... living in the shadows of a bygone era."

John Chisum did nothing in a small way. He rarely missed an opportunity to advance his own purposes. He built a cattle empire in New Mexico that was, at the time, second to none. To shamelessly borrow a line from Walter Noble Burns’ book The Saga of Billy the Kid, John Chisum knew cows.

Clifford R. Caldwell has continually cultivated his interest in Western History since boyhood. After a stint in United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and a thirty-five year career working for several Fortune 500 Corporations, Cliff is now retired and free to pursue his interests as a historian and writer. Cliff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and is the author of several book and published works, including Old West Tales, Good Men, Bad Men, Lawmen; Dead Right, The Lincoln County War; Guns of the Lincoln County War and his most recent work, A Days Ride From Here. Cliff is a member of Western Writers of America, Inc. and the Wild West History Association. When not deeply involved in writing, Cliff volunteers some of his time doing research for the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas and is a member of the Kerr County Historical Commission. He and his wife Ellen live in the Hill Country of Texas, near Mountain Home.

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JOSEPH IMHOF
Artist of the Pueblos
By Nancy Hopkins Reily

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Joseph Imhof, a master lithographer and painter, recorded the American Pueblo Indians’ way of life from 1907 to 1955. Unlike other New Mexico artists of that time, Imhof chose not to use his art to interpret the Pueblo Indians. Rather, his works present anthropological information with such authentic detail that the Pueblos recognized him as an authority on their customs and life. They called him the Grand Old Man of the Pueblos. Nancy Hopkins Reily and Lucille Enix in this biography chronicle the life and art of this master lithographer, inventor and self-taught artist who counted among his friends “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and E. Martin Hennings. Until now, this unique American painter has remained elusive, undiscovered by many, partly because he lived in the shadow of other artists and writers who made themselves more visible during the Golden Age of Taos, New Mexico. Yet Joseph Imhof’s work will undoubtedly leave as much of an impact as any other early American artist. The book includes 45 color images, 62 black and white photographs, as well as a chronology, bibliography, and index.

Nancy H. Reily is the recognized authority on Joseph Imhof through her personal acquaintance with the Imhofs. Mrs. Reily graduated from Southern Methodist University and lives in Lufkin, Texas where she developed a successful career in outdoor color portraiture. She is also the author of Classic Outdoor Color Portraits, A Guide for Photographers; Georgia O’Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part I, Walking the Sun Prairie Land; Georgia O’Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part II, Walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch Land; My Wisdom That No One Wants, and Half-Past Winter, all from Sunstone Press. Her first book, I Am At An Age, was published by Best of East Texas Publishers. Reily makes her home in Lufkin, Texas. www.nancyhopkinsreily.com.

Lucille Enix co-authored The Ultrafit Diet and was a features writer for the Chicago Tribune, features editor for The Dallas Morning News, and editor of Dallas and Vision magazines.

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A JOURNEY THROUGH NEW MEXICO HISTORY
Newly Updated and Revised
By Donald R. Lavash, Ph.D.

“The book presents an exciting lifelike and realistic presentation of New Mexico historical events. I am particularly pleased with the style, illustrations and the art work.” --Leonard J. DeLayo, Former Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of New Mexico

“Lavash puts living flesh on historical bones in such a manner that the reader lives the adventure as he reads and re-lives the saga of the Territorial Period of the state of New Mexico alongside the mountain men, the lawman, the soldier, and the Territorial businessman.” --Dr. George Agogino, Former Chairman, Department of Anthropology, and Former Director, Paleo-Indian Institute and Museums, ENMU

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Many conditions, cultures, and events have played a part in the history of New Mexico. The author, a recognized authority, guides the reader from the earliest land formations into the present time and has illustrated the narrative with photographs, maps, and artwork depicting various changes that took place during the many stages of New Mexico’s development.

DONALD R. LAVASH taught New Mexico junior and senior high school history for 13 years, and at the college level for two years. This book is the outgrowth of his teaching experiences and his feeling of a strong need for a New Mexico history text. Dr. Lavash was also the Southwest Historian for the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives for five years. He is the author of numerous articles and books on history and archeology.

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JUAN DE ONATE'S COLONY IN THE WILDERNESS
An Early History of the American Southwest
By Robert McGeagh, PhD

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A generation before the establishment of the European colonies on the West Coast of America, Spanish explorers and friars were trudging the deserts and mountains of the American Southwest in search of souls, riches and glory. By 1598, Juan de Onate had established the first permanent settlement in the Southwest, twenty-two years before the Pilgrims founded Plymouth Colony. The story of this colony, the explorations, the defeats and successes, the hopes blighted and the hopes fulfilled are told in this concise history of the era.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Robert McGeagh received his early education in England before emigrating to the United States at the age of nineteen. He was educated at St. Mary’s Techny, Illinois and at St. Thomas, Denver, Colorado. He received a Masters degree in history from California State University at Fullerton and the PhD in Latin American history from the University of New Mexico. He has published articles on colonial New Mexico and Latin America and has been the recipient of Fulbright and OAS research awards in Uruguay and Argentina.

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THE KINGDOM OF NEW MEXICO
Its Colonization and the Story of El Rancho de las Golondrinas
By Shirley Barnes

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The story of the colonization of Northern New Mexico and one of its leading parajes (El Camino Real campsite) will fascinate anyone interested in the history of the American Southwest.

For example, what cultures were there when the colonists arrived in 1598? What military genius defeated Cuerno Verde, the firebrand Comanche chief, and in 1786 executed a long-lasting peace treaty? Why was Juan de Oñate sent to establish the first permanent European settlement in the United States in 1598, nine years before the settlement of Jamestown and twenty-five years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock? And why did New Mexico fail to attain U.S. statehood until 1912? How did the Battle of Glorieta Pass help turn the tide during the American Civil War? What herbs were in the curandera’s (traditional healer) medicine cabinet? Why were marriages arranged? What function do the Penitentes still play in New Mexico’s Catholicism? Did Miguel Vega y Coca and his family play a role in New Mexico’s re-colonization? And finally, what is an acequia?

The answers to these questions, and more, are to be found between the covers of this book.

Shirley Barnes earned her BA and MA degrees from the University of Colorado and was a library media specialist for the Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado before she retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Soon after arriving, she became a docent at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum of the colonial Hispanic experience in La Ciénega valley near Santa Fe. Born and raised in what was once Spanish territory, Shirley became an aficionado of the richness of the regional Hispanic and Native American societies. She has been quoted as saying, “The depth of culture here exceeds that of anywhere else in the United States.”


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KIT CARSON'S OWN STORY OF HIS LIFE
Facsimile of Original 1926 Edition
By Christopher "Kit" Carson

New Foreword by Marc Simmons

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In 1826 a seventeen-year-old Christopher “Kit” Carson ran away from his job as apprentice to a saddler in Franklin, Missouri and joined a merchant caravan bound for Santa Fe in the far Southwest. The flight marked his entry into the pages of history. In the decades that followed, Carson gained renown as a trapper, hunter, guide, rancher, army courier, Indian agent, and military officer. Along the way, his varied career as a frontiersman elevated him to the status of a national hero, on a par with Daniel Boone.

In 1856, while at home with his family in Taos, New Mexico, Kit (being illiterate) dictated his autobiography, which dealt with the innumerable adventures he had experienced to that point. However, some of the most significant episodes in his life would unfold in the ensuing years, leading up to his death in 1868.

Since Taos artist and writer Blanche Chloe Grant first edited and published the Carson manuscript in 1926, it has become the central source for all subsequent biographers. In 1935 Milo Milton Quaife annotated another edition under the title of Kit Carson’s Autobiography, published by Lakeside Press of Chicago, and afterward reprinted by the University of Nebraska Press. Western historian Harvey Lewis Carter followed suit with publication of the most heavily edited version yet, with his “Dear Old Kit”: The Historical Christopher Carson (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968).

Sunstone Press by electing to bring back into print Blanche Grant’s original 1926 book, regarded perhaps as the handiest of the three published versions, calls attention anew to this pioneering memoir of the celebrated Kit Carson.

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LA CONQUISTADORA / Chavez
The Story of a Famous Religious Statue
By Fray Angélico Chávez

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Written as an autobiography, the author lets this famous willow wood statue speak for herself, tell her own story from the time she was brought to New Mexico in 1625 by Fray Benavides until the present. Many photographs bring this remarkable history to life. Fray Angélico researched, translated and annotated facts about the statue's history, its religious society, its fiestas and chapels, correcting the mistakes and folklore held as truth for more than two centuries.

Fray Angélico Chávez has been called a renaissance man and New Mexico's foremost twentieth-century humanist by biographer Ellen McCracken. Any way you measure his career, Fray Angélico Chávez was an unexpected phenomenon in the wide and sunlit land of the American Southwest. In the decades following his ordination as a Franciscan priest in 1937, Chávez performed the difficult duties of an isolated backcountry pastor. His assignments included Hispanic villages and Indian pueblos. As an army chaplain in World War II, he accompanied troops in bloody landings on Pacific islands, claiming afterwards that because of his small stature, Japanese bullets always missed him.

In time, despite heavy clerical duties, Fray Angélico managed to become an author of note, as well as something of an artist and muralist. Upon all of his endeavors, one finds, understandably, the imprint of his religious perspective. During nearly seventy years of writing, he published almost two dozen books. Among them were novels, essays, poetry, biographies, and histories. Sunstone Press has brought back into print some of these rare titles.

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LA CONQUISTADORA / Chevalier
Unveiling the History of a Six Hundred Year Old Religious Icon
By Jaima Chevalier

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Few religious icons dominate and inspire their subjects as powerfully as La Conquistadora, America’s Oldest Madonna, has over the centuries. Don Diego de Vargas carried her image as a message of peace and reconciliation when the Spanish returned to Santa Fe after the Pueblo Revolt. In frontier times, a well-known local madam was especially devoted to her. In modern times, her fame has reached throughout the world, while her local devotional society has provided a link between the very rich and the very poor in Santa Fe, even as it served as a power base for city and state politics. While maintaining her place in the hearts of Santa Feans, La Conquistadora has also taken the throne at the heart of the ancient city's history, and she has the scars to prove it.

With features sometimes called "Palestinian" and startling blue eyes, La Conquistadora’s origins are shrouded in mystery, but Jaima Chevalier unveils surprising new information about this icon's amazing provenance and past. A never-before-seen x-ray suggests the transformations La Conquistadora has undergone, while material from the journals of one of her most loyal devotees recalls the tense weeks of her 1973 kidnapping. Finally, Chevalier discovers the key to the long-standing mystery surrounding the wood used to craft the statue. This book fuses recent scientific discoveries with the stories and legends that comprise La Conquistadora's incredible mythology, creating a lyrical meditation that resonates with history throughout the centuries and across two continents and embracing Santa Fe, New Mexico as a crossroads of different cultures.

Jaima Chevalier is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with deep ties to her home state. After the extraordinary circumstance of spending the first few years of her life in the basement of New Mexico's Laboratory of Anthropology, her family moved to the ranch outside of Santa Fe where she now raises her two children. Chevalier served as a researcher and associate producer for a 2009 history documentary made by Silver Horn Entertainment. She is the principal of Picture This, a local marketing and public relations firm.

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LA CONQUISTADORA / Houser
The Story of the Oldest Statue of the Virgin Mary in the United States
By Sue Houser

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The oldest image of the Virgin Mary in the United States, a petite wooden statue, accompanied Spanish Conquistadors and missionaries to the Kingdom of Nuevo Mexico in 1625. Her existence has been tumultuous. She was rescued from a burning church, kidnapped and held for ransom, and had her wooden form mutilated and remade. This book conveys the essence of devotion given to the statue who is yearly celebrated at La Fiesta de Santa Fe and yearly carried in procession based on a promise made over 300 years ago. She is the Queen of New Mexico, enthroned in her own chapel at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has the wardrobe of a Spanish Queen with over 200 exquisite gowns and priceless crowns and jewelry. Her name is La Conquistadora, "Our Lady of the Conquest." Was she a conqueror of territories or a conqueror of hearts and healer of human weaknesses? This is her story.

Sue Houser is a native of New Mexico and is interested in preserving the history and culture of the state. A retired social worker, she writes about the inspiration and passion behind the stories. This is her second historical, non-fiction book.

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THE LAND OF JOURNEYS' ENDING
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By Mary Austin

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One of the joys of going on a trip is coming home to share with others your adventures and experiences. Mary Austin felt that way, so when she took an extended trip through an area of the American Southwest, she recorded her impressions in The Land of Journeys’ Ending. This is no ordinary travel book and she was no ordinary tourist. Her book goes beyond the descriptions of flora and fauna of the land between the Colorado River and the Rio Grande. It also covers the history, culture and customs of the area. Austin includes not only figures from the past but people she met on the trip. While the book is now decades old, it is timeless and still valid. Humorously, in the author’s preface to The Land of Journeys’ Ending Austin said: “…if you find holes in my book that you could drive a car through, do not be too sure they were not left there for that express purpose.” Her statement rings true today as much as it did back in 1924.

Mary Austin (nee Hunter) was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1868 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. After graduation from Blackburn College, she moved with her family to California. She later spent time in New York and eventually settled in Santa Fe. A prolific writer, she wrote novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry. Austin became an early advocate for environmental issues as well as the rights of women and other minority groups. She was particularly interested in the preservation of American Indian culture.

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THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN
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By Mary Austin

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In 1903 when The Land of Little Rain was first published it became an instant success. It has continued to attract and enchant readers ever since that time. It was one of the first books to be written in a popular style about the animals, plants and people of a Southwest desert area. Mary Austin wrote it from her own observations and experiences in the field. She lived the book. It is also one of the first to express the need for the conservation of our natural resources. Carl Van Doren once wrote that Austin should have the degree M.A.E.--Master of American Environment. The book, a work of authenticity and originality still has meaning for twenty-first century readers.

Mary Austin (nee Hunter) was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1868 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. After graduation from Blackburn College, she moved with her family to California. She later spent time in New York and eventually settled in Santa Fe. A prolific writer, she wrote novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry. Austin became an early advocate for environmental issues as well as the rights of women and other minority groups. She was particularly interested in the preservation of American Indian culture.

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LANDS OF THE UNEXPECTED
Memoirs of the Middle East, 1930–1960
By Ezra Young

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In 1930, during the author’s first assignment in Turkey, a wise old Cypriot philosopher said to him, “Just remember that you are working in a region where the unexpected is normal.” In the more than 20 years that followed, this became increasingly evident; the more one stays in that part of the world the less one dares to predict. An American missionary, with 30 years service in various lands of the region once commented, “I can say that I have never been bored, for each morning as the Muezzin calls the faithful to prayer I wonder what new surprise or excitement the day will bring.”

Given the uncertainty, and the unpredictable nature of life and events in that part of the world, this book will not pretend to be a political treatise, lest these thoughts become irrelevant and obsolete. Rather it is intended to be an inside look at personal and human relations as experienced by the writer, his colleagues, his family and friends over two decades.

Significant to the psychology and moods of these lands is a legend about the camel which compensates him for an often burdensome life. The legend goes: “Among our people the ‘tespih’ (string of 33 prayer beads) is told three times by the faithful Muslims to name the 99 names of Allah. But only the camel knows the 100th name of Allah. Hence his proud, and aloof, mien.” In lands where fantasy and fact

often mingle, it is not difficult to believe the legend of the camel. The following tales of Turkey and the Middle East are like a string of 33 beads (plus one) held together by the author’s memory. They reflect the humor and wisdom, as well as the life-style, aspirations and hopes of the people of these volatile and fascinating countries. If the reader completes these memoirs with a fresh understanding of the people and events in this vitally important part of the world, the writer will be richly rewarded for the years of experience and study which have gone into the writing of The Lands of the Unexpected.


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LAW AND ORDER, LTD.
The Rousing Life of Elfego Baca of New Mexico
By Kyle Samuel Crichton

Facsimile of the 1928 Edition with a New Foreword by Stan Sager and Preface by Marc Simmons.

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The year is 1928. Forty-four Octobers have come and gone since Elfego Baca earned top ranking as a gunfighter. Few now remember that on a fall day in 1884, in the village of Frisco, New Mexico, Baca ducked some 4,000 bullets fired by eighty cowboys aiming to kill him. Fewer still recall that the reason for the shoot-out was Baca’s obsession with rescuing Mexican settlers from abuse by Texans in days before “civil rights” became a catch phrase.

The reputation of the Hero-now turned-lawman-lawyer-politician is sorely in need of repair, for despite his boasts of possessing one of the best law practices in the state, things have not gone well for Baca. Elfego has been declared a bankrupt; he’s been humiliated by an untidy divorce; and neither political party in the state seems to want to run him as a candidate for much of anything. So, what’s a man of action to do?

What Elfego does is to make a pre-emptive strike to repair that tattered reputation. He finds a biographer to tell his story just like he wants it told, including his meetings with Billy the Kid and the opera star, Mary Garden. He finally settles on Kyle Samuel Crichton, but only after William A. Keleher, the respected journalist-lawyer, has said, “No.” Keleher introduces Baca to Crichton, who has few writing credentials though he would later author popular books and a successful Broadway play.

Crichton has escaped from the smoke stacks and slag heaps of the Pennsylvania mining country to the pure air of Albuquerque, not to repair the reputation of those like Elfego who have fallen from grace, but to repair his own health. While Elfego is as short as Napoleon, Crichton is taller than Gary Cooper. While Elfego is rotund, Crichton is thin and muscular. While Elfego is bold, Crichton is cautious. But Crichton, who later wrote a biography of the Metropolitan Opera star Risë Stevens (Subway to the Met), brings a wild sense of humor that was to be reflected in all his books. And, while Baca is long on yarns that boost his heroism, Crichton insists on balance. The narrative of the book the pair produced remains open to question: How much of it is fact, how much is flights of fancy?

Whichever it is, it’s a whale of a story about a life lived to a fullness rarely experienced.

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THE LEADING FACTS OF NEW MEXICAN HISTORY, VOL I
Facsimile of Original 1911 Edition
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

Voted one of the 100 Best New Mexico Books.

New Foreword by Richard Melzer, Ph.D.

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Historians have long admired Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, considered the first major history of the state. Put succinctly by former State Historian Robert J. Tórrez, Twitchell’s work (of which this is one of the first two volumes Sunstone Press is reprinting in its Southwest Heritage Series) has “become the standard by which all subsequent books on New Mexico history are measured.” As Twitchell wrote in the preface of his first volume, his goal in writing The Leading Facts was to respond to the “pressing need” for a history of New Mexico with a commitment to “accuracy of statement, simplicity of style, and impartiality of treatment.”

RALPH EMERSON TWITCHELL was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 29, 1859. Arriving in New Mexico when he was twenty-three, he immediately became involved in political and civic activities. In 1885 he helped organize a new territorial militia in Santa Fe and saw active duty in western New Mexico. Later appointed judge advocate of the Territorial Militia, he attained the rank of colonel, a title he was proud to use for the rest of his life. By 1893 he was elected the mayor of Santa Fe and, thereafter, district attorney of Santa Fe County.

Twitchell probably promoted New Mexico as much as any single New Mexican of his generation. An avid supporter of New Mexico statehood, he argued the territory’s case for elevated political status, celebrated its final victory in 1912, and even designed New Mexico’s first state flag in 1915.

Just as Twitchell’s first edition in 1911 helped celebrate New Mexico’s entry into statehood in 1912, the newest edition serves as a tribute to the state’s centennial celebration of 2012. In the apt words of an editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time of Twitchell’s death in 1925: “As press agent for the best things of New Mexico, her traditions, history, beauty, glamour, scenery, archaeology, and material resources, he was indefatigable and efficient.”

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THE LEADING FACTS OF NEW MEXICAN HISTORY, VOL. II
Facsimile of Original 1912 Edition
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

Voted one of the 100 Best New Mexico Books.

New Foreword by Richard Melzer, Ph.D.

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Historians have long admired Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, considered the first major history of the state. Put succinctly by former State Historian Robert J. Tórrez, Twitchell’s work (of which this is one of the first two volumes Sunstone Press is reprinting in its Southwest Heritage Series) has “become the standard by which all subsequent books on New Mexico history are measured.” As Twitchell wrote in the preface of his first volume, his goal in writing The Leading Facts was to respond to the “pressing need” for a history of New Mexico with a commitment to “accuracy of statement, simplicity of style, and impartiality of treatment.”

RALPH EMERSON TWITCHELL was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 29, 1859. Arriving in New Mexico when he was twenty-three, he immediately became involved in political and civic activities. In 1885 he helped organize a new territorial militia in Santa Fe and saw active duty in western New Mexico. Later appointed judge advocate of the Territorial Militia, he attained the rank of colonel, a title he was proud to use for the rest of his life. By 1893 he was elected the mayor of Santa Fe and, thereafter, district attorney of Santa Fe County.

Twitchell probably promoted New Mexico as much as any single New Mexican of his generation. An avid supporter of New Mexico statehood, he argued the territory’s case for elevated political status, celebrated its final victory in 1912, and even designed New Mexico’s first state flag in 1915.

Just as Twitchell’s first edition of Vol. II in 1912 helped celebrate New Mexico’s entry into statehood in 1912, the newest edition serves as a tribute to the state’s centennial celebration of 2012. In the apt words of an editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time of Twitchell’s death in 1925: “As press agent for the best things of New Mexico, her traditions, history, beauty, glamour, scenery, archaeology, and material resources, he was indefatigable and efficient.”

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THE LEGEND HUNTER
One Man in His Time, A Memoir
By Romain Wilhelmsen

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In 1533 Francisco Pizarro made his epic march through the deserts and mountains of Peru. He was on his way to the golden city of the Inca, Cuzco. He bypassed empires that had long since been buried in the sands and in the memories of forgotten civilizations. He found his gold, all right, but he passed over much more that has yet to be found. Romain Wilhelmsen, against the advice of the National Geographical Society, set out to track down those legends and riches that the Conquistadors missed. This is part of his story. And, it is a success story.

Starting out with $800 in his pocket, not only did he find gold, but he also encountered the fascinating personalities that aided him in his search: Ernesto Batanero, who had plotted the Pan-Am air routes in the 1930s over Ecuador and Peru, and dreamed of retracing them on the ground in search of pyramids he knew were down there; Miguel Loayza, who was wanted by the governments of the United States, Peru, Ecuador, and the United Kingdom for the genocidal murder of thousands of Indians; Santiago Flynn who gave up a promising motion picture career for the solitude of the Andes Mountains; Hermann Becker who had been the legendary Field Marshal Erin Rommel’s personal driver during World War II; Father Trampa, S.J., who pointed the way to a lost army of Spanish Conquistadors in the Sierra Madre Canyons of Mexico; the lovely foreign correspondent, Barbara Holbrook, who exposed a corrupt government and was on the run, one step ahead of the militia; the philosopher who wanted to go sailing on the last commercial windjammer in the world, and ended up on an island of manure. These, and others are here in THE LEGEND HUNTER.

ROMAIN WILHELMSEN supported himself on these and other solo expeditions to Mexico, South and Central America, and Africa by filming documentaries and adventure travelogues…and by reporting to the CIA. He was often referred to as the "Indiana Jones of the Travelogue-Lecture Circuit." He is a past director of the Los Angeles Adventurers Club, and has been the recipient of the prestigious I Search for Adventure, Golden Voyage, and Bold Journey television awards. Jack Douglas, the producer of these films, gave him the title of “The Legend Hunter.” Romain makes his home in East Lansing, Michigan in the shade of Michigan State University where he has lectured in the past. He writes historical novels, and lives with the memories of his late wife and with the momentos of his incredible adventures. Occasionally he will point to a map, and say, "I just might go back there." He is the author of two other Sunstone Press books: BUCKSKIN AND SATIN and CURSE OF DESTINY.

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LET ME EXPLAIN
Eugene G. Fubini's Life in Defense of America
By David G. Fubini

Forewords by Harold Brown, PhD, Former United States Secretary of Defense, and William James Perry, PhD, Former United States Secretary of Defense.

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There is no necessary relationship between fame and power, and great influence is often wielded in willful obscurity. So it was with the irascible, indomitable Eugene Fubini. A physics prodigy who fled Italy when the fascists came to power, his searing intelligence and relentless determination lifted him from obscurity to the highest levels of the Pentagon. Indifferent to anything but results, Fubini worked behind the scenes to shape the strategy and substance of his adopted country’s post-World War II defense. Along the way he exerted enormous influence over the development of radar, the rise of the military-industrial complex, the Space Race, and many of the other signature events and movements of mid-twentieth-century American geopolitics.

David G. Fubini is a former Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he worked for over 34 years. He is now on the faculty of the Harvard Business School where he teaches Leadership, Change Management, and Strategy. David’s last role at McKinsey was Managing Director of the Boston Office where he led the firm’s activities in New England. He was also the founder and longtime global leader of the firm’s Merger Management Practice helping with the integration of some of the world’s largest Corporate Integrations and Transactions. Before joining McKinsey, David was an initial member of a small group that became the McNeil Consumer Products Company of Johnson & Johnson. David received a degree in business administration with honors from the University of Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in Business Administration, with distinction, from Harvard University. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Bertha Rivera, and their four children.

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JOHN HENRY TUNSTALL
Revised Edition with a New Foreword by the Author and an Addendum with Corrections
By Frederick Nolan

The letters and diaries of John Henry Tunstall, a young rancher-Englishman murdered in 1878 during New Mexico Territory’s Lincoln County War.

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In 1956, Frederick Nolan, then 25, located in the archives of the British Foreign Office a substantial file of original correspondence between the British and American governments, the family of John Tunstall, and many of the participants in the New Mexico Territory’s Lincoln County War. Soon after this he was given unconditional access to Tunstall’s letters and diaries, and three and a half years later—although he had never set foot in the United States—completed a biography based upon the sympathetically-edited letters and diaries of the young English rancher whose brutal murder in February, 1878, triggered the bitter and unrelenting violence that followed.

His widely-acclaimed debut is recognized today as a breakthrough work which completely revolutionized historical understanding of the personalities and events of New Mexico’s Lincoln County War and in the process changed forever the way the subject would be written about. The first book ever to link those events to the shadowy cabal known as the Santa Fe Ring, the first book ever to place Billy the Kid in the true context of his time, the first book ever to make available the letters of such men as Alexander McSween, Huston Chapman, and the hitherto unknown Robert Widenmann, it set new standards for both research and writing in this field and in the process became a classic. It is augmented in this edition with a new foreword and a supplement of corrections to the first edition which incorporates the author’s more recent historical and biographical research.

Frederick Nolan is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on the history of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War and both he and his work on the subject have been garlanded with honors. He has received the Border Regional Library Association of Texas’ Award for Literary Excellence, the first France V. Scholes Prize from the Historical Society of New Mexico, and the first J. Evetts Haley Fellowship from the Haley Memorial Library in Midland, Texas. The Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association has presented him with its highest honor, the Glenn Shirley Award, for his lifetime contribution to outlaw-lawman history and The Westerners Foundation has named his The West of Billy the Kid one of the 100 most important 20th-century historical works on the American West. In 2007 the National Outlaw-Lawman Association awarded him its prestigious William D. Reynolds Award in recognition of his outstanding research and writing in Western history and in 2008 True West magazine named him “Best Living Non-Fiction Writer.” Among his other books about the West are an annotated edition of Pat Garrett’s Authentic Life of Billy the Kid; Bad Blood: the Life and Times of the Horrell Brothers; The West of Billy the Kid; and The Lincoln County War, the latter from Sunstone Press in a new edition. He lives in England.

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A LIFE WELL LED
The Biography of Barbara Freire-Marreco Aitken, British Anthropologist
By Mary Ellen Blair

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What would inspire a proper young British woman, well-educated and devoted to the Church of England, to venture forth from a sheltered academic life of the early 20th century to cross an ocean in order to conduct investigations on a people that she considered "uncivilized?" To answer this question, the author collected Barbara Freire-Marreco Aitken's correspondence, most of which has never been published, and with editing, annotating, and researched explanations completed the gestalt resulting in a biography that is a cohesive and interesting adventure story. This remarkable second generation British anthropologist lived with Native American pueblo people and visited reservations in the Southwest United States, contributing to the knowledge about and understanding of these people. The dearth of exposure of her experiences makes this a long overdue compilation of her life and work.

Even those with little interest in her focus of anthropology and ethnology will find this life story interesting because of the period of time in which she lived, especially because she was a British woman in territory that only recently had become part of the United States.

An avid interest in the art and culture of the American Indian has been of importance to Mary Ellen Blair since her early years. A graduate of Rutgers University in Art History, where she served as president of Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity, her focus turned more and more to the western regions of the United States, particularly the pueblos of the Southwest and their pottery. A forced, but fortunate, move eventually brought her to New Mexico where she continued to add to her collection as well as serving as a participant and judge at various Southwest Indian art shows. She and her husband, Laurence Blair, have written books on Pueblo pottery and this in turn led her to discover and investigate the life of a remarkable British anthropologist. After more than ten years devoted to research in museums, universities, and personal interviews in both the United States and Great Britain, this biography is the result.

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THE LINCOLN COUNTY WAR
A Documentary History
By Frederick Nolan

I have no hesitation in labeling Frederick Nolan the world’s foremost authority on the Lincoln County War and Billy the Kid. No one comes close to knowing and understanding as much. His works have vastly enriched the historiography of this significant segment of western American history. --Robert M. Utley

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The legend of the Lincoln County War in New Mexico and its most romantic figure, Billy the Kid, holds a special place in the history of the American West. Fueled by greed, propelled by religious and racial prejudice, inflamed by liquor and firearms, the war was a struggle to the death for the economic domination of a region where both sides saw enormous opportunity for acquiring wealth. In the end, neither side won and both suffered tremendous losses, human and financial.

John Tunstall, the McSweens, Jimmy Dolan, Billy the Kid, the Hispanic townspeople of Lincoln, the outsiders who tried to understand what was happening and restore law and order to the strife-torn territory—all speak out, and Frederick Nolan weaves their stories and opinions together with his own insightful commentary to produce a seamless, immensely readable account enlivened with eighty-three photographs and three maps.

Selected by True West magazine as one of its Fifty Greatest Western Books of the 20th Century, acknowledged to be the fullest and most carefully researched study of perhaps the most famous feud in the history of the American West, Frederick Nolan’s masterwork, The Lincoln County War, A Documentary History, the result of fifty years of research, is now presented in a new edition which includes an addendum with corrections and additions, together with a new foreword by the author.

Frederick Nolan is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on the history of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War and both he and his work on the subject have been garlanded with honors. He has received the Border Regional Library Association of Texas’ Award for Literary Excellence, the first France V. Scholes Prize from the Historical Society of New Mexico, and the first J. Evetts Haley Fellowship from the Haley Memorial Library in Midland, Texas. The Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association has presented him with its highest honor, the Glenn Shirley Award, for his lifetime contribution to outlaw-lawman history and The Westerners Foundation has named his The West of Billy the Kid one of the 100 most important 20th-century historical works on the American West. In 2007 the National Outlaw-Lawman Association awarded him its prestigious William D. Reynolds Award in recognition of his outstanding research and writing in Western history and in 2008 True West magazine named him “Best Living Non-Fiction Writer.” Among his other books about the West are Bad Blood: The Life and Times of the Horrell Brothers and The Life and Death of John Henry Tunstall, the latter from Sunstone Press in a new edition. He lives in England.

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LIVING LEGENDS OF THE SANTA FE COUNTRY
A Collection of Southwestern Stories
By Alice Bullock

Map and Many Photographs!

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History buffs and the Southwest collection of every library should include this collection of fascinating legends gathered over many years by its renowned author.

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A LONE STAR COWBOY
Facsimile of Original 1919 Edition
By Charles Angelo Siringo

New Foreword by Marc Simmons

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For a number of years prior to 1922, one of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s most colorful and famous residents was Charles Angelo Siringo (1855-1928), popularly known as “the cowboy detective.” A small, wiry man, he was friends with practically everyone in town. In 1916 Governor William C. McDonald persuaded Siringo to accept a commission as a New Mexico Mounted Ranger for the state Cattle Sanitary Board. The only thing unusual about that was Charlie Siringo’s age, a ripe 61. Undaunted, he saddled up and with a pack horse started for his headquarters at Carrizozo in Lincoln County. His duty was to run down outlaws and stock thieves in southern New Mexico.

“During my two years as a ranger,” Siringo said, “I made many arrests of cattle and horse thieves and had many close calls with death staring me in the face.” Obviously, Governor McDonald had made a wise choice when he tapped this hard-riding, fast-shooting “senior citizen” for the dangerous ranger job.

But Siringo was more than a law man. He put in countless nights writing up his experiences. When his book, A Texas Cowboy, appeared, its author achieved fame overnight. A Lone Star Cowboy, published in 1919, and which Sunstone Press has chosen to include in its Southwest Heritage Series, contained many of the stories in his earlier books and the author says in his preface: “This volume is to take the place of A Texas Cowboy….

Meanwhile, soon after publishing his recollections, Siringo joined the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency, whose branch offices covered the West. He remained with the firm for two decades. After leaving the Pinkertons, Charlie Siringo did a good bit of roaming before settling in Santa Fe.

Because of the name he’d made in publishing, he had access to many persons, on both sides of the law. From them he got first hand information that he later incorporated in a new book called Riata and Spurs. In that work, the writer had wanted to include some of his own daring adventures while serving with the Pinkertons. But the Agency threatened a lawsuit if he revealed any of their professional secrets. So the cowboy detective had to delete some of his best material.

Siringo's experiences as the quintessential cowboy and determined detective helped romanticize the West and its myth of the American cowboy.

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LONESOME DAVE
The Story of New Mexico Governor David Francis Cargo
By David Francis Cargo

"Dave Cargo was a visionary governor. He was one of the first New Mexico governors to see the value of the film and television industry to our state's economy. He continues to be a colorful New Mexican and has a strong place in New Mexico's folklore." —New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish

“David Cargo gave New Mexicans a say about those things that affect them. Through his leadership and his collaboration with the "Loyal Opposition" in the New Mexico Legislature, Dave accomplished much for the unrepresented citizenry. The establishment of "one person-one vote" districting resulted in diverse representation of the legislative body. This significant action later permeated County, Municipal and School District levels of government. In addition, State parks and libraries will always provide New Mexicans with fond memories of (not so) Lonesome Dave.” —Roberto Mondragon

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“There is no precise way to explain the energetic life of New Mexico Governor David Cargo—attorney to the downtrodden, as well as the rich and famous; a changer of legislative reapportionment, and at the same time inventing the first Governor’s State Film Commission in the United States.

“He was a dedicated promoter of many films shooting and spending fortunes in our state. Then the true miracle happened: a Republican became beloved by the liberal Democrats of Hollywood. It had never happened before and mostly likely never will again. He became personal friends with those behind the camera as well as the stars facing it, and consequently had acting parts in twelve of those films.

“And now, while writing his priceless historical memoir, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to build, and/or maintain twelve libraries in such isolated New Mexico villages and towns as Mora, Anton Chico, Villanueva and Corona. This is an unsurpassed heritage to leave for the mental and spiritual growth of the youth of New Mexico. “Viva, Lonesome Dave!”
—Max Evans, author of The Rounders, The Hi-Lo Country, Madam Millie, Bluefeather Fellini and other novels.

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LORENZO IN TAOS
D. H. Lawrence and Mabel Dodge Luhan
By Mabel Dodge Luhan

Facsimile of Original 1932 Edition with a New Foreword by Arthur J. Bachrach

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In September, 1922, the internationally known British writer D. H. Lawrence arrived with his wife, Frieda, at the railroad station in Lamy, New Mexico. They had traveled from Australia to San Francisco, then to Lamy, to come to Taos at the invitation of Mabel Dodge Sterne, later Mabel Dodge Luhan, the patroness of arts and culture in Taos.

It was the beginning of an intense, sometimes strained, relationship. Mabel, daughter of a well-to-do Buffalo, New York family, had a long history of cultivating arts and letters, surrounding herself with famous artists and writers in her salons in Florence, Italy and in New York City. She continued her support of literature and the arts in Taos.

Lawrence encouraged Mabel to write about her own exciting life and, while back in Italy in 1925, continued corresponding with Mabel and edited manuscripts she sent to him. Her book, Lorenzo in Taos, is written loosely in the form of letters to and from D. H. Lawrence, Frieda Lawrence, and Robinson Jeffers, the celebrated poet who had been a guest of Mabel’s in Taos, with references to Dorothy Brett and Spud Johnson among others. The book is a highly personal and most informative account of an intense relationship with a great writer. It is an important work and its reprinting is welcomed by scholars and those of us who have come increasingly to respect Mabel’s contributions in the world of arts and letters through her support of many individuals and her own creative spirit.

Born in 1879 to a wealthy Buffalo family, Mabel Dodge Luhan earned fame for her friendships with American and European artists, writers and intellectuals and for her influential salons held in her Italian villa and Greenwich Village apartments. In 1917, weary of society and wary of a world steeped in war, she set down roots in remote Taos, New Mexico, then publicized the tiny town’s inspirational beauty to the world, drawing a steady stream of significant guests to her adobe estate, including artist Georgia O’Keeffe, poet Robinson Jeffers, and authors D. H. Lawrence and Willa Cather. Luhan could be difficult, complex and often cruel, yet she was also generous and supportive, establishing a solid reputation as a patron of the arts and as an author of widely read autobiographies. She died in Taos in 1962.

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LORETTO AND THE MIRACULOUS STAIRCASE
The History of the Staircase Built Without Hands
By Alice Bullock

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Who built the mysterious spiral staircase in the little chapel at Loretto Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico? Was it a master craftsman or the work of good St. Joseph? Archbishop John B. Lamy had the chapel, patterned after the Sainte-Chapelle of Paris, built for the Sisters of Loretto and the young ladies of the academy. When the school closed after more than a century of outstanding service, the site was sold. Old and new owners agreed that the chapel, and the famous staircase, must be preserved for its beauty and peace—now and in the future.

Alice Bullock explored “the Land of Enchantment” in depth, ferreting out the legends and folklore of New Mexico. She spent almost three years collecting these stories, recording and thus saving many of them for posterity. An “almost-native” New Mexican (she arrived in the area at age eight) Alice grew up in Gardiner and graduated from Colfax County High School in Raton. She became a country school teacher and then a reporter and freelance writer. She is also the author of Living Legends of the Santa Fe Country, Mountain Villages of New Mexico, and Monumental Ghosts, all from Sunstone Press.

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LOS COMANCHES
The Horse People, 1751–1845
By Stanley T. Noyes

“…a real find for anyone interested in American history, or in the well-told tale on one of the West’s most fascinating cultures.” —Tony Hillerman

The Comanche Indians dominated the Southern Plains of America from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. No plains people was more feared or admired for its mastery of warfare and life in a harsh, arid environment. Euro- and Native Americans alike anxiously dreaded the ferocity of Comanche enmity yet avidly sought the uncertainty of Comanche friendship. In this richly textured history, the author recounts the relations of Comanches to Spanish, French, Mexican, American, and Native American neighbors while his vignettes provide vivid glimpses into Comanche culture and society. This book is a sensitive portrait of human society and physical place. By the end of the book we understand the Comanches both as a peerless warrior society and as an embattled people.

Stanley T. Noyes grew up in California and was a writer, educator, and arts administrator. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Ruhr campaign in a reconnaissance troop. They crossed the Rhine ahead of U.S. forces and later liberated slave labor camps. He was awarded the Bronze Star. When he returned he attended the University of California, Berkeley where he met and married fellow student Nancy Black in 1949 and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees. For sport he rode bareback horses and bulls in rodeos in California and Nevada. Later Stan taught college at Cal extension and California College of the Arts. He lived in France with his family for about six years. They moved to Santa Fe in 1964 and he taught at the College of Santa Fe, and briefly at the University of New Mexico. He later was a program director for the New Mexico Arts Division. Stan was a published author of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction, notably The French Comanche from Sunstone Press. Noyes was an avid hiker in the mountains of New Mexico often accompanied by his wolf hybrids. He spent many summers hiking the Pyrenees with his family and close French and Spanish friends.

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LOS PENITENTES
A Brief History
By William Farrington

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One of the most fascinating, written about, and misunderstood religious groups in the world is Los Hermanos Penitentes, a Catholic brotherhood found only in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. As with all cultures, societies and organizations lacking a written literary tradition, the recorded history of the Penitentes is full of compounded errors and misinterpretations, Legends and folklore, handed down orally over the years, are open to interpretations that are, perhaps, wide of the mark. But the facts, such as they are, have come from outside observers, scholarly researchers and obvious detractors with a religious bias. Somewhere among all that has been written lies the truth, but since no hermano has ever told or written the true story, much is still left to conjecture. From the recorded facts this booklet has been compiled with, it is hoped, some measure of objectivity.

William Farrington was a professional librarian for twenty-five years in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and California. His non-fiction articles have appear in national magazines and he has served as a book reviewer for various periodicals. He is also the author of Prehistoric and Historic Pottery of the Southwest, A Bibliography, also published by Sunstone Press.

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LOS ÁRABES OF NEW MEXICO
Compadres from a Distant Land
By Monika Ghattas

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At the outset, Los Árabes (Arabic-speaking individuals) were peddlers, carrying a variety of wares that often included exotic items from the Holy Land. These skilled cross-cultural traders expected to strike it rich in the United States and then return to their homeland on the shores of the eastern Mediterranean. Some continued westward; others put down roots in immigrant ghettos in the East and Midwest or traveled back across the sea. A few, however, decided to settle in New Mexico and fulfill the dream of owning their own business. The community grew quickly as family members, former neighbors, and hometown friends joined the original group.

Why were they attracted to this area? What conditions in New Mexico facilitated their rapid and almost seamless acculturation? Hardworking, imaginative, and enterprising, Los Árabes of New Mexico became successful businessmen and prominent entrepreneurs, who enriched this state with their unique culture, their cheerful perseverance, and boundless enthusiasm.

Monika Ghattas was first intrigued by this topic while she was working on her PhD degree in European history at the University of New Mexico. She finally found the time to pursue this story after she retired from Central New Mexico Community College where she taught courses in European and Far East history for more than twenty years. Born in Germany, she has lived in New Mexico for more than fifty years and continues to be captivated by its vibrant culture and rich history.


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LOST TREASURES & OLD MINES
A New Mexico Federal Writers' Project Book
By Ann Lacy and Anne Valley-Fox, compilers and editors

Stories about mines and treasures from writers in the Federal Writers’ Project in New Mexico between 1936 and 1940.

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Between 1850 and 1912, Territorial New Mexico was home to a diverse mix of peoples. Contesting with those who had lived in the region for thousands of years, an array of newcomers arrived: Hispanic settlers, Anglo homesteaders, ranchers, cowboys, sheepherders, merchants, railroad men and—perhaps its chief adventurers—treasure hunters and prospectors.

Lost Treasures & Old Mines brims with stories of gold fever, copper ore and silver mining in the American Southwest. In 1541 when Coronado’s conquistadors arrived in search of the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, pre-Columbian natives had long been mining for turquoise. The stories in this collection tell of hidden Indian mines, treasures lost en route to Spain, gold heists on trains and stagecoaches, placer miners roaming the hills and chicanery among claim partners. Geronimo, Victorio, Billy the Kid and U.S. Calvary soldiers thread through these stories, along with lucky characters who strike the motherlode and hapless ones who lose their fortunes. The Lost Juan Mondragon Mine, The Dead Burro Mine, the Lost Mine of the Pedernal, the Adams Diggings, Elizabethtown and Pinos Altos—such places live as shining memories in these oral histories of fabulous fortunes lost and found.

Between 1936 and 1940, field workers in the New Deal Works Project Administration’s Federal Writers’ Project recorded authentic accounts of life in the early days of New Mexico. These original documents, published here for the first time as a story collection, reflect the conditions of the New Mexico Territory as played out in dynamic clashes between individuals and groups competing for control of the land and resources.

Lost Treasures & Old Mines, the third in the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book Series, features a lively collection of stories and historic photographs of the era. The first and second books in the series are Outlaws & Desperados and Frontier Stories.

Ann Lacy, an artist and researcher/writer, has lived in New Mexico since 1979. She has worked for Project Crossroads, a not-for-profit educational resource group, in projects related to New Mexico history and culture. Participating in preserving open space and preservation efforts, she received a City of Santa Fe Heritage Preservation Award in 2000.

Anne Valley-Fox, co-editor of the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book series and staff member with Project Crossroads, is a poet and writer. Her nonfiction books include Your Mythic Journey (co-author, Sam Keen). Her fourth collection of poetry, How Shadows Are Bundled, was published by University of New Mexico Press.

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LUIS DE CARVAJAL
The Origins of Nuevo Reino de León
By Samuel Temkin

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In 1579 Philip II awarded a large territory in New Spain to a Portuguese man named Luis de Carvajal. That territory included a significant portion of present day Mexico, as well as portions of Texas and New Mexico. This remarkable man discovered, conquered, and settled most of that territory. He also brought a large group of settlers from Spain and Portugal whose impact on its cultural development was very significant. Many of those settlers were of Jewish descent and some of them were tried by the Inquisition for practicing the faith of their ancestors. This book is a biography of Carvajal and is based on documents that were written during his life or soon after his death. The narrative follows him from birth to death and describes the actions he took to give rise to Nuevo Reino de León. These included explorations and discoveries; battles with free Indians; pacifications of Indian uprisings; and legal fights with Crown officials who were determined to eliminate him and to end his government. In the end his enemies defeated him with the help of the Inquisition, but the political entity he gave rise to did not die with him.

Samuel Temkin is Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University. He received a PhD in Engineering from Brown University and has been a visiting professor in Chile, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Spain. Professor Temkin is the author of Elements of Acoustics and Suspension Acoustics: An Introduction to the Physics of Suspensions as well as numerous research articles on Acoustics and Fluid Dynamics, and of many research articles, on the topic of this book. Dr. Temkin was born in Mexico City and was raised in Monterrey, Mexico, the capital city of what once was Nuevo Reino de León.

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LYON HUNTS & HUMOR
True Life Hunting and Adventure Stories
By Tolbert James Lyon

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This collection of true life hunting and wilderness stories gives a telling insight into a period of the American West that had a philosophy and humor all its own. A time that has faded and will soon be lost forever.This collection of true life hunting and wilderness stories gives a telling insight into a period of the American West that had a philosophy and humor all its own. A time that has faded and will soon be lost forever. “Shorty” Lyon, a widely-published writer, is best known as a hunter/trapper/philosopher but he was also a pioneer, homesteader, miner, mill hand, woodcutter, forester, conservationist, rancher, hunting guide, farmer and an honored member of The New Mexico Trapper’s Hall of Fame.

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MAINTAINING THE NEW AUDIENCE FOR THEATRE
The History of ASSITEJ, Vol. III
By Nat Eek with Kim Peter Kovac and Katherine Krzys

The Story of the International Association of Theatre for Children from 1991 to 2005.

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In June 1965 a group of dedicated professional artists of the theatre met in Paris, France to create the International Association of Theatre for Children and Youth (ASSITEJ). Four days later ASSITEJ was born, and its story began in Volume I (1964-1975) of this history. Now Volume III covers the years from 1991 to 2005, a period of ASSITEJ’s greatest growth, a period of rededication to the Association’s original ideals and purpose, and a world-wide expansion under new leadership. The Secretariat also entered the current world in terms of communication and committee activity. ASSITEJ now has over 80 national centers around the world. Its Secretariat is currently in Croatia, and the 15 members of its current Executive Committee (2011-2014) come from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Cameroon, Croatia, Germany, Iceland, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom, and USA. Volume III completes this History of the first forty years of the existence of ASSITEJ.

NAT EEK, PhD is a Regents Professor Emeritus of Drama, and Dean Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma. He was personally involved in the first ten years of ASSITEJ, as a member of the Executive Committee, a Vice-President, and ultimately its President. He was named Honorary President of ASSITEJ. He has attended all the International Congresses of this History with the exception of the Moscow Congress in 1984.

KIM PETER KOVAC, an MFA graduate of the University of Texas - Austin, is Producing Director of the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences in Washington, DC, which commissions, produces, and presents productions for young audiences. Since 2002 he has been on the Executive Committee of ASSITEJ/Int’l serving as Vice-President. He has conducted seminars on TYA both nationally and internationally. In 2011 he co-founded Write Local. Play Global, an international network for playwrights for young audiences, which presently has over 500 members in 64 countries.

KATHERINE KRYZS is the Curator of the Child Drama Collection and Theatre Specialist for the Arizona State University Libraries, where the archives of ASSITEJ/USA and personal documentation about ASSITEJ are held. Her archival training includes The Modern Archive Institute at the National Archives in Washington, DC. She has also attended several of the International Congresses.


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MARIA MAKING POTTERY
The Story of Famous American Indian Potter Maria Martinez
By Hazel Hyde

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Maria Martinez is the renowned late potter of San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico whose pots were often given by President Lyndon Johnson to visiting heads of state. This book tells, in simple terms and photographs, how she produced her famous polished blackware. Maria’s pots are in museums and private collections all over the world. Hazel Hyde originally composed a picture story similar to the current book about Maria Martinez in 1930 for the students in her private school in New York City to teach them about pottery making among American Southwestern Indians.

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THE MATACHINES DANCE
A Ritual Dance of the Indian Pueblos and Mexicano/Hispano Communities
By Sylvia Rodriguez

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The Matachines dance is a ritual drama performed on certain saint’s days in Pueblo Indian and Mexicano/Hispano communities along the upper Río Grande valley in New Mexico and elsewhere in the American Southwest. It derives from a genre of medieval European folk dramas symbolizing conflict between Christians and Moors. Spaniards brought it to the Americas as a vehicle for Christianizing the Indians. In this book, Rodríguez explores the colorful, complex, and often enigmatic Matachines dance as it is performed today.

In the Upper Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, the Matachines is the only ritual dance performed in both Indian Pueblos and Hispano communities. There, the dance involves two lines of masked dancers, a young girl in white and her crowned, masked, male partner, a bull, and two clowns. Accompanied usually by violin and guitar, these characters enact a choreographic drama that symbolizes encounter, struggle, and transformation-resolution.

In this classic, prize-winning ethnographic study, anthropologist and native New Mexican Sylvia Rodríguez compares Indian Pueblo and Hispano Matachines dance performance traditions to discover what they share, how they differ, what they reveal about specific communities, and what they mean to those who continue to perform them with devotion and skill.

Sylvia Rodríguez, a professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, studies interethnic relations in the US-Mexico Borderlands, with particular focus on Hispano/Mexicano-Pueblo-Anglo relations in the Upper Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. She holds degrees from Barnard College and Stanford University, and has taught at Carleton College and the University of California, Los Angeles. Her publications deal with the impact of tourism on ethnic relations; the politics of identity, place, and representation; identity and ritual; and conflict over land and water. She continues to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in and around her home town of Taos.

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MAXWELL LAND GRANT
Facsimile of the Original 1942 Edition
By William A. Keleher

The history of a New Mexico land grant made in 1841 under Mexican rule. Preface by Michael L. Keleher with a New Foreword by Marc Simmons

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When the United States acquired New Mexico by invasion and conquest on August 15, 1846, it inherited a land grant problem of considerable magnitude. This problem continued for decades until 1870 when the United States Congress suddenly declined to act at all on any New Mexico grant claim. Among the grants that had been confirmed, however, was the Miranda and Beaubien, or Maxwell Land Grant, and that is the dominant theme of this book.

Originally made in 1841 to Guadalupe Miranda and Charles Beaubien under Mexican rule, the Maxwell Land Grant was determined to embrace almost two million acres of land--2,460 square miles. Politicians, Indians, courts, ministers of the gospel, early day settlers, and soldiers, all had their place in the story of the Grant. Governor Manuel Armijo, the last chief executive under Mexican rule, Padre Martinez of Taos, Lucien B. Maxwell, Kit Carson, Charles Ben, Dick Wootton and many another old timer live again in these pages that read like fiction but are, in fact, totally true accounts.

William A. Keleher (1886-1972) observed first hand the changing circumstances of people and places of New Mexico. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he arrived in Albuquerque two years later, with his parents and two older brothers. The older brothers died of diphtheria within a few weeks of their arrival. As an adult, Keleher worked for more than four years as a Morse operator, and later as a reporter on New Mexico newspapers. Bidding a reluctant farewell to newspaper work, Keleher studied law at Washington & Lee University and started practicing law in 1915. He was recognized as a successful attorney, being honored by the New Mexico State Bar as one of the outstanding Attorneys of the Twentieth Century. One quickly observes from his writings, and writings about him, that he lived a fruitful and exemplary life. He is also the author of Turmoil in New Mexico, Violence in Lincoln County, The Fabulous Frontier, and Memoirs, all from Sunstone Press.

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MEETING THE TRAIN
Hagerman, New Mexico and Its Pioneers
By Hagerman Historical Society, Compilers

New Foreword by Katherine Kitch Hagerman

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When W. E. Utterback began compiling the history of Hagerman, New Mexico in 1968, he asked Mrs. B. W. Curry to help. The two of them were doing fine, but soon discovered that Hagerman had more history than they had bargained for. It had become such a tremendous undertaking the others in the community offered to aid the struggling historians--and the Hagerman History Book Club was born. From the efforts of the Club has come this book. It is a unique achievement. No professional writers set about to search library stacks or interview “old times.” No professional writers, in fact, even saw the manuscript until it was finished. The Hagerman pioneers and their descendents have written their own stories, weaving them into a colorful history. Each has become an author in his or her own way. So this is the story of Hagerman as it was with a new foreword by Katherine Kitch Hagerman. It is history remembered by those who lived it.

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MEMOIRS
Episodes in New Mexico History, 1892-1969
By William A. Keleher

Facsimile of the 1969 Edition with a New Foreword by Marc Simmons and Preface by Michael L. Keleher

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William A. Keleher always had an active curiosity and this made him an outstanding newspaperman and an indefatigable researcher of historical events. It led him into many intellectual adventures that resulted in a whole series of books of New Mexicana. In this personal narrative, he gives readers a glimpse behind the scenes of his career not only as a writer but as a lawyer. The pages of this last book are full of rich anecdotes and little-known episodes involving such men as Governor Clyde Tingley, Senator Bronson Cutting, Elfego Baca, and Senator Dennis Chavez. Here is the story of how a bank was saved, how political careers were initiated and blocked, the story of an editor who wrote the editorials on both sides of an important question for the competing newspapers, previously unpublished stories about Eugene Manlove Rhodes, and how Elfego Baca collected an insurance settlement. There is also the account of Franz Huning, whose “castle” was partly in New Albuquerque, partly in Old Albuquerque, and a story of visiting the Old Town jail to see an Albuquerque editor serving a term for contempt. Like his other books, Memoirs is essential for anyone interested in the history and culture of the American Southwest.

William A. Keleher (1886-1972) observed first hand the changing circumstances of people and places of New Mexico. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he arrived in Albuquerque two years later, with his parents and two older brothers. The older brothers died of diphtheria within a few weeks of their arrival. As an adult, Keleher worked for more than four years as a Morse operator, and later as a reporter on New Mexico newspapers. Bidding a reluctant farewell to newspaper work, Keleher studied law at Washington & Lee University and started practicing law in 1915. He was recognized as a successful attorney, being honored by the New Mexico State Bar as one of the outstanding Attorneys of the Twentieth Century. One quickly observes from his writings, and writings about him, that he lived a fruitful and exemplary life. He is also the author of Turmoil in New Mexico, Violence in Lincoln County, Maxwell Land Grant, and The Fabulous Frontier, all from Sunstone Press.

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THE MESILLA VALLEY
An Oasis in the Desert
By Jon Hunner with Peter Dean, Frankie Miller, Jeffrey Schnitzer, Christopher Schurtz, and Stephen Vann

A collection of historical and contemporary photographs of the Mesilla Valley that tell the history and heritage of this southern New Mexico region.

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The Mesilla Valley in southern New Mexico is an oasis in the Chihuahuan desert. It has attracted people for hundreds of years to its bosques of cottonwood trees, its life giving water, and its opportunities. Up and down the Mesilla Valley, from the healing waters at Radium Springs to the historic village of Mesilla, from the mountain ranges that border the east and the west to New Mexico State University, and from the agricultural communities of the south valley, this south-central part of New Mexico illustrates why the state is called the Land of Enchantment. Historic photos from local archives and contemporary pictures show how people lived, worked, and played.

This book continues the program by the Public History Program at New Mexico State University to publish local histories of the communities of New Mexico. The two previous books, Santa Fe: An Historic Walking Tour and Las Cruces: The City of Crosses also utilized historic photographs to tell to history of these New Mexican cities. However, The Mesilla Valley is the first book in a new series that the Public History Program has created in collaboration with Sunstone Press. The New Mexico Centennial History Series features books written by local historians about their towns and communities, and the important people who have made New Mexico what it is today. The series not only commemorates the centennial of New Mexico’s statehood in 1912, but celebrates the entire history of the state.

Jon Hunner is Professor of History at New Mexico State University where he directs the Public History Program and teaches both public and U.S. history. His publications include Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community and Chasing Oppie: Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic West. He also has chapters in Preserving Western History, Atomic Culture, Western Lives, and Time Travels: Innovative and Creative Methods of Historic Environment Education in Modern Museums. Peter Dean, Frankie Miller, Jeffrey Schnitzer, Christopher Schurtz, and Stephen Vann were students in the Public History Program. As co-authors of The Mesilla Valley, they researched, selected photos, wrote captions, and assembled the book.

Proposals for a book in this series should be sent to Jon Hunner at: Public History Program, Department of History, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

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MESSIAH
The Life and Times of Francis Schlatter
By Conger Beasley Jr.

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While living in Denver in the early 1890s, Francis Schlatter, a poor immigrant cobbler from Alsace-Lorraine, heard a voice inside his head that told him to put down his tools and go outside and walk east. For several years Schlatter, a deeply pious man, had been aware that he possessed the potential to cure people of their afflictions if he could only muster enough faith; the time to test that faith had arrived. So began a grueling two-year journey on foot that took him as far east as Hot Springs, Arkansas, then back across the Southwest to San Diego, north to San Francisco, then east to Arizona and New Mexico.

In the summer and fall of 1895, first in Albuquerque then in Denver, he began to treat hundreds of people a day. Word of his miraculous power ran like wildfire all over the Southwest. Appalled by the carnival atmosphere he encountered in Denver, Schlatter slipped away into the wilds of New Mexico, finally into Old Mexico, where he died under mysterious circumstances in the spring of 1897.

Charlatan or saint? Healer or fraud? The question remains. Even his detractors acknowledged the genuine compassion that people felt in his presence. Most telling was the fact that he never took a dime for the therapies he performed.

A hundred years ago Francis Schlatter was one of the best-known figures in the American Southwest; since then he has literally fallen off the map. In this gripping and powerful narrative, based on contemporary newspaper accounts and a memoir that Schlatter dictated to a friend before he died in Mexico, Western Writers of America Spur Award winner Conger Beasley, Jr. reconstructs the life and times of this remarkable man.

Conger Beasley, Jr. has published a dozen books, several dealing with the history of the American West. We Are a People in This World: The Lakota Sioux and the Massacre at Wounded Knee won the Western Writers Spur Award for the best contemporary non-fiction book published in 1995. An earlier book of essays, Sundancers and River Demons: Essays on Landscape and Ritual (1990), won the Thorpe Menn Award for the best book published by a Kansas City author. Mr. Beasley currently divides his time between Kansas City and Colorado Springs.

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THE MILITARY OCCUPATION OF THE TERRITORY OF NEW MEXICO, 1846-1851
Facsimile of the Original 1909 Edition
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

The History of the New Mexico Campaign in the war with Mexico.

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The author, in his introduction to the 1909 edition of this book, referring to the war with Mexico in the New Mexico Territory, says: “Here is presented to the student a wonderful field of historic research. The American Occupation period has been chosen as the one most easily described, and, at the same time, one of the most interesting in the history of the American people, containing, as it does, the deeds of men who won the West, men whose courage, devotion to country and true citizenship enabled them to accomplish the greatest military achievement of modern times, a single regiment of citizen soldiers, marching nearly six thousand miles through five states of a foreign nation, living off the resources of the invaded country, almost annihilating a powerful army, conquering and treating with powerful Indian tribes, and, returning home, graced with the trophies of victory, all with the loss of less than a hundred men.” The author hoped that the book, with its many illustrations, would instill “lessons of patriotism, honor, valor and love of country.”

Ralph Emerson Twitchell was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 29, 1859. Arriving in New Mexico when he was twenty-three, he immediately became involved in political and civic activities. In 1885 he helped organize a new territorial militia in Santa Fe and saw active duty in western New Mexico. Later appointed judge advocate of the Territorial Militia, he attained the rank of colonel, a title he was proud to use for the rest of his life. By 1893 he was elected the mayor of Santa Fe and, thereafter, district attorney of Santa Fe County.

Twitchell probably promoted New Mexico as much as any single New Mexican of his generation. An avid supporter of New Mexico statehood, he argued the territory’s case for elevated political status, celebrated its final victory in 1912, and even designed New Mexico’s first state flag in 1915. In the apt words of an editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time of Twitchell’s death in 1925: “As press agent for the best things of New Mexico, her traditions, history, beauty, glamour, scenery, archaeology, and material resources, he was indefatigable and efficient.”

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MISS EMILY
The Yellow Rose of Texas, A Novel
By Ben Durr with Anne Corwin

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In this epic saga that blends legend and fact, Miss Emily Morgan, once known as Rose, uses her breathtaking beauty and intelligence to charm every man who crosses her path, and through soaring ambition, loyalty, and suffering helps determine the future of the Republic of Texas as well as the United States. This is surprising since the women of her lineage are slaves. But she is an exceptional woman whose dream to "be somebody special" prompts her to make choices that find her entangled in an adventure of love, friendship, romance, rebellion, rapid change, disappointment, and joy during the days of slavery. Her triumphs and tragedies revolve around historically accurate events as she pursues a life of compromise and betrayal. Along the way, the reader is swept into a web of drama and excitement, building up to the surrender of Generalissimo Santa Anna de Lopez's sword, army and Mexico's claim of the frontier land of Texas to General Sam Houston and his ill-disciplined Texans following the Battle of San Jacinto.

THE UVALDE LEADER-NEWS reports: "The authors' Miss Emily is a feminist at a time when women's roles were defined by men. It took inspired writing to convince me that a mulatto woman could make her way from New York to Buffalo Bayou, but convince me they did. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to a historical novelist is that the line between fiction and fact blurs to the point of indistinction. 'Miss Emily' is well worth reading, even for those not particularly interested in Texas history.

BEN DURR, a farm boy from Lincoln County, Mississippi, has lived in Texas the past 40 years and is currently CEO of Memorial Hospital in Uvalde, Texas. He spends free time with his wife, three children and three grandchildren at his wife's Casa de Leona Bed & Breakfast on the Leona River. Growing up on a farm with sharecroppers gave him insight on the cultural and societal structures of the South. Durr has visited all the sites involved in the Battle of San Jacinto and has spent the last 20 years researching, collecting and refining the spurious details of the heroine in this book, his first novel.

ANNE CORWIN spent the first 10 years of her life in the mountains of Colombia where her parents were missionaries. Following her marriage and birth of her daughter, she gained a master's degree in social work and years of experience in journalism, she has spent much of her adult life traveling, taking her personal sense of God into the worlds of professional charity and public opinion. Living in a cabin near the Nueces River, she now tends a garden and finds herself amazed to be in Texas.

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THE MISSIONS OF NEW MEXICO Since 1776
By John L. Kessell

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The Bicentennial of the United States in 1976 gave rise to myriad projects. In New Mexico—still a borderlands possession of Spain in 1776—an unusually keen Franciscan observer, Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez, painted an extraordinarily detailed and often unflattering word picture of the colony. The Missions of New Mexico, 1776, impeccably translated and edited by distinguished historians Eleanor B. Adams and Fray Angélico Chávez, is a single source like no other that reveals life in raw and remote, late-eighteenth-century New Mexico.

Dispatched from Mexico City as canonical inspector of the missions of New Mexico, the meticulous Father Domínguez stepped off the measurements of the churches, counted the number of ceiling beams, and described the physical layout and contents of the missions, all to the delight of subsequent architectural and art historians. Given such detailed descriptions of the missions’ fabric in 1776, a simple question arose. What has become of these mud-and-stone-built structures in the past two hundred years?

Historian John L. Kessell’s The Missions of New Mexico Since 1776 addresses that question. “Two hundred years after Domínguez,” Kessell concludes, “the survival count is nothing to brag about. Of the thirty-two churches or chapels he recorded in 1776, twelve persist on more or less the same foundations in more or less the same form–San Miguel in Santa Fe, Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Picurís, Las Trampas, Tomé, Cochití, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Laguna, Ácoma, and Isleta.” And none of these has fallen since 1980. Most, in fact, are being lovingly cared for.

Played out differently at each location, all of Domínguez’s churches underwent the same progression. First came neglect as Spain’s American empire crumbled and Mexico tried to rule. Next Anglos peddling modernization offered tin roofs for dirt or, better still, new structures for old. By then, however, nostalgic folks had begun experiencing the charm of the outdated, and the Pueblo-Mission style of architecture was born. Simultaneously, just in time toward the end of the nineteenth century, dawned the continuing era of historic preservation. New Mexico’s surviving missions had become monuments.

The new editions of Missions and Missions Since from Sunstone Press make readily available these two complementary fixtures of New Mexico cultural studies.

Born in New Jersey and raised in California, John L. Kessell did not set out to be a professional historian. His work in the 1960s, however, at Tumacacori National Monument, site of a Spanish colonial mission, alerted him to the possibility. Returning to graduate school with new purpose, he earned his doctorate at the University of New Mexico, survived a precarious decade as historian-for-hire, and joined the UNM Department of History. His major historical editing project with colleagues Rick Hendricks, Meredith D. Dodge, and Larry D. Miller resulted in the six-volume Journals of don Diego de Vargas, New Mexico, 1691–1704. Kessell is also author of Kiva, Cross and Crown: The Pecos Indians and New Mexico, 1540–1840, Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico, and East Orange by Christmas, the latter also from Sunstone Press.


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THE MISSIONS OF NEW MEXICO, 1776
By Eleanor B. Adams and Fray Angélico Chávez, Translators and Annotators

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Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez, canonical inspector of the missions of New Mexico in 1776, compared most everything in New Mexico to Mexico City, “the delightful and alluring cradle of my birth, for which no praise is ever adequate.” And hardly anything measured up. He disparaged the people of New Mexico and the religious art of Spanish immigrant Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco. Then, by an ironic twist later in 1776, Domínguez found himself on a five-month vision quest with Miera and Fray Silvestre Vélez de Escalante. Domínguez likened New Mexican churches to hacienda granaries, wine cellars, or Mexican pulque parlors. He found fault with certain of his Franciscan brethren, calling them on their drunkenness, insubordination, or public scandal. Yet all the while, Father Domínguez maintained the keen eye and curiosity of a born observer.

From no other document do we learn so much about daily life in raw and remote late colonial New Mexico. How much a nanny goat cost (2 pesos), a fat pig (12 pesos), a trade knife (1 buffalo hide), a captive Indian girl from twelve to twenty years old (2 good horses and assorted dry goods), or the funeral of a Spanish child with tall cross and cope (8 pesos); how to prepare atole or chocolate (not coffee); the resentment of the colony’s merchants toward their Chihuahua creditors and the fatalism of New Mexican families living under constant threat of Comanche attack; or where to catch trout—such details abound.

Domínguez’s superiors, however, resentful of his unflattering wordiness and occasional wit, filed his commentary away unceremoniously and forgot it. Since its rediscovery in 1928 and now published in a new edition, the unparalleled Domínguez report has often been compared to the 1630 and 1634 memorials of Fray Alonso de Benavides. The contrast could scarcely be sharper. Benavides looked out hopefully upon a young colony bent upon the Christian conversion of the Pueblo Indians, and Domínguez saw realistically what an ever more secular world had wrought. Whereas Benavides condemned Pueblo Indian ceremonial kivas as dens of devil worship, Domínguez routinely inventoried them as men’s club houses. For their timely views, we are deeply indebted to both men.

The collaboration of Eleanor B. Adams—woman of letters, editor, and historian of colonial Latin America—and Fray Angélico Chávez—man of letters, priest, artist, and historian of Hispanic New Mexico—could not have been more fortuitous. Together, they polished for us this unique window on late-eighteenth-century New Mexico, providing a seamless translation as well as explanatory materials. It is more than fitting that by their art the words of the uncompromising Father Domínguez live on.


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MONUMENT IN THE STORM
A Town Spawned from the Violence of New Mexico History
By John A. Truett

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In 1875, Lieutenant Colonel William R. Shafter and his courageous Buffalo Soldiers, dying of thirst on the Staked Plains, discover a life-saving spring in southeastern New Mexico Territory. As a guide to future settlers seeking water, they build a monument of glistening white rock on a nearby plateau, a spot known today as the community of Monument, New Mexico. Around this landmark, John A. Truett has fashioned a novel about the exciting adventures of Cassandra, a young girl who, in 1875, marries an Army captain and forges her way west, struggling against fire, flood, blood-thirsty Indians and a tumultuous love for the man she ought to hate. Two other novels by Mr. Truett have been published by Sunstone Press: Clay Allison, Legend of Cimarron and To Die in Dinetah, The Dark Legacy of Kit Carson.

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MONUMENTAL GHOSTS
Spooks and Where They Hang Out
By Alice Bullock

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What do the Dorsey Mansion, Fort Union, the Vietnam Memorial Chapel, Quarai, White Sands, and Coronado State Monument in New Mexico have in common? They all have ghosts connected with their histories! Alice says, “The ghosts in this volume are all ‘residents’ of national or state monuments. But the ghosts in New Mexico, unlike those of say, the British Isles, are rarely vicious or frightening. They are gentle ghosts and more afraid of us, apparently, than we are of them.” Alice Bullock shares these and other ghostly tales with us in this collection of Southwestern legends, all explained in twenty stories that include the mysterious “Blue Lady” of Quarai National Monument.

Alice Bullock explored “the land of enchantment” in depth, ferreting out the legends and folklore of New Mexico. An “almost-native” New Mexican (she arrived in the area at age eight) Alice grew up in Gardiner and graduated from Colfax County High School in Raton. She became a country school teacher and then a reporter and freelance writer. She is also the author of Mountain Villages of New Mexico, Loretto and the Miraculous Staircase, and Living Legends of the Santa Fe Country, all from Sunstone Press.

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A MORE ABUNDANT LIFE
New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico
By Jacqueline Hoefer

LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED IN COLOR AND B&W

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Artists began coming to New Mexico in the late nineteenth century. They came from everywhere, from Maine to California and a few from Europe. They were attracted by the dazzling New Mexican landscape, the hospitality of town and village life, and very important, the Indian and Hispanic cultures that had shaped the artistic imagination of New Mexico for centuries.

From an artist’s point of view it was a rich mix, and between art and odd jobs, they managed to make a living. Until the Great Depression of the 1930s. Then, as the artist Louie Ewing said, “the jobs ran out.” No matter what you were willing to do, there was no work, and nobody was buying pictures and pots.

Help came from Washington. New Deal planners offered artists jobs to “beautify” the community. Almost immediately, artists in New Mexico picked up their brushes and chisels, and for almost ten years, between 1933 to 1943, signed onto Federal programs.

How did artists, traditionally loners, like working for the government? When the Santa Fe artist William Lumpkins was asked, he said: “We thought it was heaven on earth to be paid to paint.”

Fortunately, many New Deal artists had the opportunity to speak for themselves. In state-sponsored interviews they tell us in their own words what the New Deal art programs meant to them. Their rich interpretations of that experience and a selection of the work they produced is what this book is about.

JACQUELINE HOEFER’s publications include Imagining the Garden, a book of poems; Weather Songs, three poems set to music by Lanham Deal; and critical essays on contemporary writers, among them, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Norman Mailer. Her latest book is Night in a White Wood, New and Selected Poems.

Mrs. Hoefer received a Ph.D. in American literature from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and in the early 1960s taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at San Francisco State University. In 1967, she joined her husband Peter Hoefer in starting Hoefer Scientific Instruments, a San Francisco company specializing in producing instruments for biological research. After Peter Hoefer’s death in 1987, she carried on as chief executive officer. She is currently an editor for Sunstone Press.

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THE MOTHER DITCH
A Bilingual Story of A Stream of Water
By Oliver LaFarge

Illustrated, English/Spanish, bibliography

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The mother ditch, or acequia madre, is the main water line that is dug by hand and feeds many of the smaller acequias that cover the fertile land of Northern New Mexico. The acequias, water ditches, were used to irrigate the fields of crops for many farmers in the early days of settlement in New Mexico. A unique technology, the acequia, especially the mother ditch, had to be taken care of by everyone in the community that benefited from its generosity. A governing body was established to watch over the utilization and maintenance of the ditch. The mayordomo was the top elected official to preside over the governing council, and he was also required to perform numerous responsibilities representative of the people of the community. The acequia was truly one of the last vestiges of a life where people depended on each other for survival. The life of the community revolved around the acequia. Cooperation was essential to ensure everyone’s sustenance. Today, many of the acequias the early settlers of New Mexico depended on have dried up. Yet, when one stands in the footings of these sand pits, you can feel the presence of the power of water that was so significant to the development of human progress in this part of the continent. English and Spanish edition.

Oliver La Farge, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Laughing Boy, originally published The Mother Ditch in 1954 as a children’s book. It is more vital and informative to us today than it was then. A genteel, intellectual New Englander, La Farge had discovered another world on the Navajo Reservation and, later, among the Hispanic villagers of Northern New Mexico. He spent much of his career as a writer sending messages back to the East proclaiming what he had found. Other books by Oliver La Farge from Sunstone Press include: Behind the Mountains, Cochise of Arizona, The Enemy Gods, The Man with the Calabash Pipe, A Pause in the Desert, and Raw Material.

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MOUNTAIN VILLAGES
Stories of History and Hearsay
By Alice Bullock

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Done in her swift, story-telling style, Alice Bullock creates a fine mixture of history and hearsay so that we can never forget what once was . . . in our haste to be a part of what now is. The book tells of the small New Mexico villages with light-hearted charm, but also tells a great many unforgettable facts in a style that has won Mrs. Bullock a wide national readership.

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MY CITY DIFFERENT
A Half-Century in Santa Fe
By Betty E. Bauer

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“Santa Fe is known as The City Different. But not just because of its beautiful scenery, its rich traditions or historical heritage. I think it’s the people—those wonderful individuals whose proclivities have labeled them a little the other side of center and who have added the spice to the life I enjoyed there for so many years. I hope the reader will enjoy some of my memories.”

With that, Betty Bauer turns us loose to ponder over why streakers never bothered to streak in Santa Fe, why one prominent publisher found solace in the lid of an ornate cigarette box, and how Santa Feans solve the problem of trees standing in the way of building sites. Did you know that one restaurant owner attracted customers by having a full-grown bobcat prowl the premises? Or that Santa Feans still have a yearly celebration that started in 1712 and includes the burning of a thirty-foot dummy? What about the “five nuts in adobe huts”? Not to mention the mysterious and color-coded worshipers of St. Germain, or what happened when a zealous cop insisted a local landscaper’s station wagon was filled with marijuana plants. One man even had a dream of building a major opera house just outside of town! Its all here—fifty years spent in soaking up everything that truly makes Santa Fe “The City Different.”

Betty E. Bauer arrived in Santa Fe in 1948 and lived there from 1953 to 2000. She and her partner, Marian F. Love, founded and published The Santa Fean Magazine from 1972 to 1994. She was very active in civic, municipal and cultural pursuits, having served as the first woman President of the Santa Fe Press Club (now defunct), the first woman President (now Chairman of the Board) of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, as well as on numerous civic and municipal committees. She now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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MY LIFE ON THE FRONTIER, 1864-1882
Facsimile of Original 1935 Edition
By Miguel Antonio Otero

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Miguel Antonio Otero (1859-1944) not only distinguished himself as a political leader in New Mexico and lived out his life as a champion of the people, but he is also highly recognized for his career as an author. He published his legendary My Life on the Frontier, 1864-1882, in 1935, followed by The Real Billy the Kid: With New Light on the Lincoln County War in 1936, My Life on the Frontier, 1882-1897 in 1939, and My Nine Years as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, 1897-1906 in 1940. These books, of which this is one in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series, are filled with the raw power and intrigue of the Wild West written by one who lived it. One would expect no less from such a vibrant personality who filled the pages of his monumental history with the passionate memories of an exciting era.

Otero was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, who bore the same name, and who was born in Valencia, New Mexico in 1829, had built up a stellar career in the East. Miguel Antonio Otero, Jr. was brought up in a family of wealth and influence, but he also experienced the hardships of growing up in a household that was always on the move. His family’s sojourns took him from one town to another across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. During Miguel A. Otero’s travels and frequent stopovers in Wild Western towns he came into contact with notorious outlaws like Clay Allison and popular lawmen such as Wild Bill Hickok, Pat Garrett, Elfego Baca, and other well known figures including Doc Holliday, William F. Cody (“Buffalo Bill”), General George A. Custer, and frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson. In fact, Otero was such an adventurous soul that he always sought out, or was in close contact with, anyone making headlines during the turbulent era he lived in. He even published a short lived newspaper called the Otero Optic, which eventually became the Las Vegas Daily Optic. He began his illustrious career in politics as Las Vegas City Clerk, San Miguel County probate clerk, county clerk, and recorder, and district court clerk. Then in 1892 President William McKinley appointed Miguel Antonio Otero as governor of the New Mexico territory where he served until 1906.

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MY LIFE ON THE FRONTIER, 1882-1897
Facsimile of Original 1939 Edition
By Miguel Antonio Otero

New Foreword by Ray John de Aragón

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Miguel Antonio Otero (1859-1944) not only distinguished himself as a political leader in New Mexico and lived out his life as a champion of the people, but he is also highly recognized for his career as an author. He published his legendary My Life on the Frontier, 1864-1882, in 1935, followed by The Real Billy the Kid: With New Light on the Lincoln County War in 1936, My Life on the Frontier, 1882-1897 in 1939, and My Nine Years as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, 1897-1906 in 1940. These books, of which this is one in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series, are filled with the raw power and intrigue of the Wild West written by one who lived it. One would expect no less from such a vibrant personality who filled the pages of his monumental history with the passionate memories of an exciting era.

Otero was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, who bore the same name, and who was born in Valencia, New Mexico in 1829, had built up a stellar career in the East. Miguel Antonio Otero, Jr. was brought up in a family of wealth and influence, but he also experienced the hardships of growing up in a household that was always on the move. His family’s sojourns took him from one town to another across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. During Miguel A. Otero’s travels and frequent stopovers in Wild Western towns he came into contact with notorious outlaws like Clay Allison and popular lawmen such as Wild Bill Hickok, Pat Garrett, Elfego Baca, and other well known figures including Doc Holliday, William F. Cody (“Buffalo Bill”), General George A. Custer, and frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson. In fact, Otero was such an adventurous soul that he always sought out, or was in close contact with, anyone making headlines during the turbulent era he lived in. He even published a short lived newspaper called the Otero Optic, which eventually became the Las Vegas Daily Optic. He began his illustrious career in politics as Las Vegas City Clerk, San Miguel County probate clerk, county clerk, and recorder, and district court clerk. Then in 1892 President William McKinley appointed Miguel Antonio Otero as governor of the New Mexico territory where he served until 1906.

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MY NINE YEARS AS GOVERNOR OF THE TERRITORY OF NEW MEXICO, 1897-1906
Facsimile of Original 1940 Edition
By Miguel Antonio Otero

New Foreword by Ray John de Aragón

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Miguel Antonio Otero (1859-1944) not only distinguished himself as a political leader in New Mexico and lived out his life as a champion of the people, but he is also highly recognized for his career as an author. He published his legendary My Life on the Frontier, 1864-1882, in 1935, followed by The Real Billy the Kid: With New Light on the Lincoln County War in 1936, My Life on the Frontier, 1882-1897 in 1939, and My Nine Years as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, 1897-1906 in 1940. These books, of which this is one in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series, are filled with the raw power and intrigue of the Wild West written by one who lived it. One would expect no less from such a vibrant personality who filled the pages of his monumental history with the passionate memories of an exciting era.

Otero was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, who bore the same name, and who was born in Valencia, New Mexico in 1829, had built up a stellar career in the East. Miguel Antonio Otero, Jr. was brought up in a family of wealth and influence, but he also experienced the hardships of growing up in a household that was always on the move. His family’s sojourns took him from one town to another across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. During Miguel A. Otero’s travels and frequent stopovers in Wild Western towns he came into contact with notorious outlaws like Clay Allison and popular lawmen such as Wild Bill Hickok, Pat Garrett, Elfego Baca, and other well known figures including Doc Holliday, William F. Cody (“Buffalo Bill”), General George A. Custer, and frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson. In fact, Otero was such an adventurous soul that he always sought out, or was in close contact with, anyone making headlines during the turbulent era he lived in. He even published a short lived newspaper called the Otero Optic, which eventually became the Las Vegas Daily Optic. He began his illustrious career in politics as Las Vegas City Clerk, San Miguel County probate clerk, county clerk, and recorder, and district court clerk. Then in 1892 President William McKinley appointed Miguel Antonio Otero as governor of the New Mexico territory where he served until 1906.

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A NATION OF SHEPHERDS
A Novel Based on a True Story
By Donald L. Lucero

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Driven into exile from Carmena, Spain, in 1577, to escape the threat of death by the Inquisition, the Robledo family immigrates first to New Spain and then joins the Onate colonial expedition in 1596 to New Mexico. Set against the historically accurate backdrop of the colonial enterprise, and conveying a sense of New Mexico’s vast wilderness, freshness, beauty, and soul, the novel brings to life a courageous and devoted family bent on establishing a new homeland. Here is the true story of the Robledos’ tragic year of 1598 in which they suffer the deaths of two family members: Pedro Robledo the elder, from a prolonged illness and the rigors of the trail; and his son, Pedro Robledo the younger, as the result of an Indian attack at the Pueblo of Acoma in which eleven Spanish soldiers are killed.

The difficulties of maintaining the colony during an era which would later become known as “The Little Ice Age” are revealed in intimate detail. Lacking adequate harvests, and semi-dependent upon their Pueblo Indian neighbors into whose villages the Spaniards have moved, the colonists are eventually reduced to eating roasted cowhides even as the Indians are eating dirt, coal, and ashes.

In the end, some family members return to New Spain in 1601.

DONALD LUCERO, who traces his ancestry to 16 adult members of the Onate expedition, grew up in northern New Mexico where an indelible mark was left on him by the region’s historical past. His study of this 350-year history resulted in his first book, "The Adobe Kingdom," a 12-generational study of two colonial families. Described by one reviewer as “superbly researched and written," it was recently showcased at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Dr. Lucero was educated in the Las Vegas schools through college where he received his B.A. in history from New Mexico Highlands University. He holds graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina and the University of New Mexico where he received his doctorate in 1970. He now lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Beth, where he is a psychologist. "A Nation of Shepherds" is his first novel.

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THE NATIVE MARKET OF THE SPANISH NEW MEXICAN CRAFTSMAN, 1933-1940
By Sarah Nestor

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Anglo-Americans in New Mexico were a major cause of the decline of traditional Spanish New Mexican crafts in the nineteenth century; in a reverse swing, they helped to bring about a revival in the twentieth century. When the railroad came west in the 1880s life in New Mexico changed almost overnight, and crafts which had thrived in isolation declined rapidly. Then in the 1920s and 1930s artists, anthropologists, educators, and other patrons in the state, recognizing the unique beauty and charm of New Mexico's Spanish colonial crafts, saw the need not only to preserve crafts from the past, but also to encourage their revival in the present.

Foremost among these patrons was Leonora Curtin of Santa Fe. Born into a prominent but rather bohemian family, she was instrumental in promoting this revival. In 1934, during the darkest years of the Great Depression, Native Market was born. This endeavor, which became the forerunner of today’s world famous yearly Santa Fe Spanish Market, was Leonora’s brainchild. Greatly involved in the local art scene of the times, Leonora recognized the pressing need to preserve the rapidly vanishing traditional craft production of Spanish speaking artisans of the region. Through her leadership, dedication, and outreach, New Mexico’s Hispano crafts people and artists were given renewed opportunities to market their often enchantingly beautiful creations through the successful commercial venture known as Native Market.

This is that story.

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NEW LAWS OF THE MINES OF SPAIN
The 1625 Edition of Juan de Onate
By Homer Milford, Compiler

Spanish and English

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The 1625 reprinting of the 1584 laws and ordinances for mines published here was written under the direction of Juan de Onate, one of the earliest writers on metallurgy and mining in the New World. He was the first person, who lived in what today is the United States, to write on these subjects. It is hoped that this book will help promote recognition of Juan de Onate's contributions to mining history, and stimulate further research to locate additional works by Onate in the archives of Mexico and Spain.

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NEW MEXICO MAVERICKS
Stories from a Fabled Past
By Marc Simmons

“Marc Simmons’ writing draws you into the maelstrom of our history with ease and clarity.” THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN

"Simmons is a consummate historian and writer. Each narrative is well told and gives insight into the fascinating history of New Mexico. These essays will inspire readers to want to know more. The entire collection provides informative and entertaining reading, proving, perhaps, that it takes a maverick historian to tell a maverick's tale." WAGON TRACKS, Santa Fe Trail Association Quarterly

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“I first saw New Mexico as a kid, in 1950,” the author says. “At once I fell under its hypnotic spell, as have so many others. My commitment to become a writer about things New Mexican was born shortly thereafter. From more than a half century of prowlings along the byways of the state, I’ve managed to glean a fair knowledge of its peoples and culture.

“What continues to impress me is that history in New Mexico lies so close to the surface. Here one continually runs into Indians, Hispanos and fourth or fifth generation Anglos whose lives and outlook are firmly rooted in the years before yesterday. Moreover, their personal histories are enriched by the backdrop of an extraordinary landscape. These realities have provided me an abundance of material for carving out the series of short narratives compiled in the book.”

MARC SIMMONS is a professional author and historian who has published more than forty books on New Mexico and the American Southwest. His popular “Trail Dust” column is syndicated in several regional newspapers. In 1993, King Juan Carlos of Spain admitted him to the knightly Order of Isabel la Católica for his contributions to Spanish colonial history.

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NEW MEXICO POLITICAL HISTORY, 1967–2015
Conversations with Those Directly Involved
By Jamie Koch

Memoirs of a lifelong public servant and distinguished insurance agent in New Mexico from 1968 to 2017.

Jamie Koch, lifelong Santa Fean, known by many as a major Powerbroker in the state of New Mexico according to the New Mexico Business Weekly, has been an often behind-the-scenes voice for fiscal responsibility and prudent planning as well as being an unselfish public servant in New Mexico politics since 1968. In this book is a collection of his candid, recorded conversations with key people who have helped shape New Mexico over the years. It provides a unique look at New Mexico political history from 1967 to 2015 through conversations with those directly involved. Topics of these conversations include the state’s first subdivision regulation, the Open Meetings Act, the severance tax permanent fund, the Terrero Superfund cleanup, the founding of the New Mexico Mutual Casualty Company, Project SEARCH and Koch’s thirteen years as regent of the University of New Mexico.

Forty-two significant individuals are interviewed including former governor Bill Richardson; United States Senator Martin Heinrich; Senior Editor of the Albuquerque Journal Kent Walz; former House Speaker Raymond Sanchez; Paul Roth, MD, chancellor, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and dean of the School of Medicine; Chaouki Abdallah, past interim president of the University of New Mexico and past provost; former CEO of the University of New Mexico Hospital Steve McKernan, former State Superintendent of Insurance Chris Krahling; and Bill King, son of former governor Bruce King. Jamie Koch graduated from the University of New Mexico and began his career with Daniels Insurance, a statewide independent insurance agency established in 1937, opening the Santa Fe office in 1973 and serving as president from 1991 until 2014. In 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico. Jamie is past chairman of the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission, past Natural Resource Trustee officer, past chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party, and past president of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents as well as a past New Mexico legislator. Jamie was finance chairman for former governors Bruce King and Bill Richardson. Among the many honors he has received is the William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award from the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. United States Senator Martin Heinrich refers to Jamie’s environment stewardship in New Mexico as “legendary.” As stated about him in an editorial in the Albuquerque Journal, “It all adds up to many hours, days, weeks, months and years of putting the greater good of New Mexico first.”


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A NEW MEXICO PRIMER FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES
By R. Kermit Hill, Jr.

A concise guide to the history of New Mexico with maps, glossary, and ideas for teachers.

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This book is a simple, no nonsense telling of New Mexico history and geography for those who are new to the Land of Enchantment and for those who want a quick, uncluttered story based on the theory that history should be fun. For those who want a meatier course, consider it an appetizer, a first course. Maps, a glossary, ideas for teachers, and a recommended reading list are included. There are no footnotes, which should please most people. Studies have proven that readers will learn more from this approach.

From the Pleistocene to the Atomic Age, Folsom to Chaco and Cibola, Santa Fe to Raton Pass and Cimarron, Glorieta Pass to Fort Sumner and Lincoln Town, Silver City to Hobbs and Farmington, Columbus to Route 66 and Los Alamos, the trip is fascinating.

Kermit Hill’s family migrated to New Mexico in 1912 and 1922 for health reasons. His parents became well known teachers and he followed his genetic destiny for forty-three years. Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, raised in Santa Fe, Sacramento, and La Luz, educated at Weed, Alamogordo and the University of New Mexico, he is an avid reader, a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico’s Board, Tularosa Basin Historical Society, and Old Santa Fe Trail Association. He taught middle school, high school and college social studies courses. That career included ten years as an instructor at the New Mexico State Penitentiary, ironically one of his easier teaching jobs. Hill is as true a New Mexican as ever traveled this vast amazing land. Fair warning: he does not cotton to anyone messing with New Mexico history, so DON’T!

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NEW MEXICO STORIES
Truths, Tales and Mysteries from Along the Río Grande
By David Roybal

Stories about the people and situations encountered during fifty years by one of New Mexico’s leading journalists.

The kindergarten student, her family recently settled from Mexico, wiggled a loose tooth that she hoped would dislodge soon so she could collect a few coins and not feel left out again at her school’s next bake sale. Lieutenant Governor E. Lee Francis decades earlier had his own wish. He wanted a restraining order against Governor David Cargo, who supposedly was making Francis fear for his safety in the state Capitol. New Mexico Stories is full of gems such as these. They’re stories about life, not just in New Mexico but beyond. They’re stories about the human condition. They’re warm, funny, revealing and at times unsettling. Together they constitute a fascinating segment of New Mexico history. David Roybal, in daily, extraordinary rounds over fifty years, positioned himself to absorb it all.

Newspaperman David Roybal came to be well recognized in isolated villages of northern New Mexico where his work addressed the state’s pressing needs of education, health care, crime prevention, and government accountability. Confronting such issues from all angles, he also was a respected presence in county courthouses and the New Mexico State Capitol, reporting on governors from David Cargo to Susana Martínez. A New Mexico native, his stories have covered the political campaigns of former President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress. Roybal has also served as a speech writer for a U.S. cabinet secretary and as an executive assistant to a New Mexico governor, state legislative leaders and university presidents. He’s an “organic intellectual,” moving beyond his formal education to understand the richness and frailties of his surroundings, says Arturo Madrid, a distinguished professor honored in the White House for his contributions to the humanities. This is Roybal’s fifth book.


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NEW MEXICO TERRITORIAL ERA CARICATURES
By Ron Hamm

A collection of caricatures and short biographies of prominent men in New Mexico Territorial times.

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Step inside the pages of New Mexico Territorial Era Caricatures and learn about the men who made New Mexico what it is. See their likenesses and read about them. Druggists, farmers, postmasters. Many in these pages were just ordinary men who were concerned about running their businesses, making a living, and providing for their families. If they had time they attended lodge meetings and helped make their community a better place in which to live. But there were others. They made their mark on a larger territorial stage. Governors, senators, land speculators, educators, military men, influential newspaper editors. They were true movers and shakers. What all these men in this book had in common was their love for New Mexico and their desire to make it better. Some of these men you thought you knew. Learn anew. Others you have never heard of. This book will make you wish you had. Discover hidden facets and see their likeness drawn at their height of their renown by a master illustrator, Harry Samuel Palmer.

RON HAMM has written about New Mexico and New Mexicans for more than thirty years. He first wrote about many of the figures who appear in New Mexico Territorial Era Caricatures for New Mexico Magazine. Others appear more recently in his recent book, The Bursums of New Mexico. He never ceases to be grateful for the contributions they have made to the place he has called home for the past fifty years. His regret is that he could not have met them personally.


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NEW MEXICO'S STRUGGLE FOR STATEHOOD
Sixty Years of Effort to Obtain Self Government
By L. Bradford Prince

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LeBaron Bradford Prince (1840-1922) was a transplanted New Yorker, a tireless judge, a controversial territorial governor, a gentleman scholar, and an early leader of the Historical Society of New Mexico. In all these roles, and others, he was a passionate advocate of New Mexico statehood.

Prince was born, raised, and educated in New York. As a young attorney, his political career in state politics had progressed well until he clashed with leaders of the state Republican Party machine. Salvaging his political fortunes in the West, Prince won appointment as the chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1879. By all accounts, no territorial judge worked harder than Prince, often hearing cases from 8:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night. In what time remained in his busy days, Prince compiled a 603-page volume of territorial laws and began to write history with the clear purpose of advocating New Mexico statehood. His first work on New Mexico history, entitled Historical Sketches of New Mexico from the Earliest Records to the American Occupation, appeared in 1883. New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood (1910) and The Student’s History of New Mexico (1921) followed. All are included in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series.

This new edition of New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood includes a facsimile of the original edition along with a new foreword by Richard Melzer, PhD, a biographical sketch from History of New Mexico (1891) by Helen Haines, and a tribute to the memory of L. Bradford Prince from a publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico, No. 25.

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NINA OTERO-WARREN OF SANTA FE
By Charlotte T. Whaley

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"This is my favorite kind of history," writes Dick Haeberlin in Southwestern American Literature, "the story of a person I did not know about before, one not famous but important anyway." And important she was, as this new Sunstone Press edition of Nina Otero-Warren of Santa Fe reconfirms. In many ways her life paralleled that of Santa Fe and New Mexico in the early years of the twentieth century. Born in 1881, Nina saw New Mexico change from a mostly rural territory of sheep and cattle ranches operated by a few Hispanic ricos, to become the 47th state in 1912 with increasing Anglo immigrant influences. Her own father was murdered by an Anglo, James Whitney, who disputed Manuel Otero's right to his land. Acre after acre was wrenched away from her family in the Anglo-dominated courts. But Nina viewed the change as inevitable and proceeded to make it work for her. She married an Anglo, Rawson Warren, divorced him after two years, declared herself a widow, and kept his name. Her hyphenated surname, Otero-Warren, opened doors for her in both cultures and enabled her to achieve most of her goals, which were varied and ambitious.

Charlotte Whaley is editor emeritus of Southwest Review, founder and publisher, with her late husband, of Still Point Press, former president of the Texas Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and secretary emeritus of PEN Texas. A devotee of New Mexico and Santa Fe, she has had a home in Las Dos for twenty-six years. She divides her time between Dallas and Santa Fe.

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NO PRETTY PICTURE
Maud Hawk Wright and Villa’s Raid on Columbus
By Michael Archie Hays

Includes Readers Guide. See Movie/TV treatment below.

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A testament to strength and determination, Maud Hawk Wright recounts the true story of a young American woman who is kidnapped from her ranch in Chihuahua during the Mexican Revolution by Villista raiders. The raiders force her and her husband off their land, leaving their infant child with a hired hand, and shortly afterward, murdering her husband.

Bereft and grieving, Maud is taken to Pancho Villa’s encampment in the mountains, peopled by hundreds of revolutionaries, preparing for action. To her surprise, Maud is chosen to ride with Villa and four hundred of his soldiers to the north. Enduring a brutal nine-day trek through the mountains of northern Mexico with Villa and his small army, Maud witnesses the violent mania of Villa and his officers and learns the stories of people who follow him.

During the ride, Maud learns that she will become a participant in Villa’s grandiose plan to invade the United States. Before dawn of the ninth day of Maud’s captivity, she finds herself riding as a member of Villa’s army as it crosses the border to attack a small border town, Columbus, New Mexico. What happens is surprising.

Includes Readers Guide.

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NO TEARS FOR BLACK JACK KETCHUM
Facsimile of Number 290 of the Original 1958 Edition
By F. Stanley

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Thomas Edward (“Black Jack”) Ketchum (October 31, 1863–April 26, 1901) was executed for an attempt to hold up the C. & S. train between Des Moines and Folsom in the northeaster corner of New Mexico. His other daring deeds as a desperado were not considered by the court. Ketchum was to be made an example in an effort to prevent further robberies as well as to prove to the rest of the nation that New Mexico knew how to deal with outlaws like Black Jack. Actually the hanging proved nothing. Rustlers, robbers, and outlaws continued on their merry way.

Looking back over Ketchum’s misdeeds, which were many, his misplaced bravery outshone the more widely known Billy the Kid who never came within range of Ketchum for daring, nerve, and hard riding. Ketchum, whose career began as an humble horse thief, wrote his own ticket with tragic results. The truth about Ketchum reads like fiction and the author shows no signs of embellishment in his account.

F. Stanley (Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola) was a history buff whose curiosity and inner fire drew him to the study of people and places and events that had gone unnoticed until he saw them. It has been said that he wandered across the American Southwest like a Johnny Appleseed of history, planting seedlings in the form of booklets and leaving their later nurturing to others.

“An easterner by birth but a southwesterner at heart, Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola had as many vocations as names,” says his biographer, Mary Jo Walker. “As a young man, he entered the Catholic priesthood and for nearly half a century served his church with great zeal in various capacities, attempting to balance the callings of teacher, pastor, historian and writer.” With limited money or free time, he also managed to write and publish one hundred and seventy-seven books and booklets pertaining to his adopted region under his nom de plume, F. Stanley, The initial in that name does not stand for Father, as many have assumed, but for Francis, which Louis Crocchiola took, with the name Stanley, at the time of his ordination as Franciscan friar in 1938. All of F. Stanley’s titles have now reached the status of expensive collector’s items.

This new edition in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series includes a new foreword by Marc Simmons, an excerpt from F. Stanley’s biography by Mary Jo Walker, and a tribute to F. Stanley by Jack D. Rittenhouse (also from the biography).

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OLD FORTY-FOUR
A Historical and Geological Excursion Over New Mexico’s Old Route 44
By Dirk Van Hart

A study of New Mexico State Highway 44, now Federal Highway US-550, and its environs.

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This reader-friendly exploration along what was once New Mexico State Highway 44, now redesignated the southern part of federal highway US-550, melds both the human and geologic history along the major transportation corridor connecting the Rio Grande Valley in central New Mexico with the San Juan River Valley in the far northwestern part of the state. Numerous illustrations portray the region’s geology in a form intelligible and interesting to the non-geologist. The basic understanding of the landscape thus provides the scaffolding to support the stories of the interesting people who figure in the history along “Old 44." The book aims to provide a view of the highway and its environs in an entirely new way and to make history and geology seem a natural and necessary pairing.

Dirk Van Hart earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology, and in 1965 began a professional career as a petroleum geologist. During the next two decades the gypsy life of the geologist took him to Oklahoma, Texas, California, Guatemala, and Ecuador. In 1986 a career change led him to move his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he engaged in contract geological projects in Italy and Belize, and for a short while taught high-school science. In 1994 he joined a team effort to characterize the geology of Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque as a contractor for Sandia National Laboratories. He is now retired.


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OLD SANTA FE
Facsimile of Number 281 of the Original 1925 Edition
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

The story of New Mexico’s Ancient Capital up until 1925. New Foreword by Richard Melzer, Ph.D.

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In the author’s 1924 introduction, titled “A Retrospect,” he says that the story “of old Santa Fe embraces a period of more than three hundred years.” He further states that “it was the farthest north established seat of government of the Spanish crown in the New World during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.” And with that, this remarkable book unfolds a detailed and thoughtful history beginning in 1598 and continuing through 1924. Chapters are devoted to events preceding the founding of the city; the Pueblo Revolution; the reconquest of the city by General Diego de Vargas; its twenty-five years as a Mexican provincial capital; the city during the military occupation period; and includes stories about Billy the Kid, Governor Samuel B. Axtell and the Santa Fe Ring. With many illustrations, this book is a valuable resource for everyone interested in the history of the American Southwest.

Ralph Emerson Twitchell was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 29, 1859. Arriving in New Mexico when he was twenty-three, he immediately became involved in political and civic activities. In 1885 he helped organize a new territorial militia in Santa Fe and saw active duty in western New Mexico. Later appointed judge advocate of the Territorial Militia, he attained the rank of colonel, a title he was proud to use for the rest of his life. By 1893 he was elected the mayor of Santa Fe and, thereafter, district attorney of Santa Fe County. Twitchell probably promoted New Mexico as much as any single New Mexican of his generation. An avid supporter of New Mexico statehood, he argued the territory’s case for elevated political status, celebrated its final victory in 1912, and even designed New Mexico’s first state flag in 1915. In the apt words of an editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time of Twitchell’s death in 1925: “As press agent for the best things of New Mexico, her traditions, history, beauty, glamour, scenery, archaeology, and material resources, he was indefatigable and efficient.”

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OLD SANTA FE
A Brief History, 1536-1912
By James Raciti

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This brief review of the history of Santa Fe is designed to give visitors and residents alike an overview of the important events that created what we now call, “The City Different.” For more than four hundred years, New Mexico has been a crossroad of religious and cultural influences. Santa Fe, as its capital, has not always grown painlessly but often as a result of revolt, bloodshed and war. The years are marked with brilliant surges of insight and compassion but also with intrigue, cruelty and the ever-present conflict between Church and State. The author traces the legacy the Spanish settlers enjoyed from the native populations, as well as that contributed by the conquerors to their new homeland. He emphasizes the development of religious and educational institutions, the constant struggle with the elements of nature and the hostile Indian tribes, the unique role New Mexico played in the Civil War and New Mexico’s arduous quest for statehood.

JAMES RACITI divides his time between Santa Fe and his home in Tallahassee, Florida. Although a native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Raciti spent most of his adult life in Europe as an educator. His books on poetry are "Charles" and "Dabs of Myself." His theatrical writings include: "The Song of Roland" and "Invitation at Dawn: Ernest Hemingway." His novels are: "Au Revoir à la France," "Giacomo" and, also published by Sunstone Press, "Pulling No Ponchos."

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OLD SPAIN IN OUR SOUTHWEST
Facsimile of Original 1936 Edition
By Nina Otero-Warren

New Foreword by Charlotte T. Whaley

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Nina Otero-Warren's Spanish conquistador ancestors dramatically altered the social and political landscape in Santa Fe, New Mexico more than three hundred years before she herself made waves as a twentieth-century suffragist, educator, political leader, and businesswoman. Otero-Warren's contributions to her community were not just in the political realm. She headed efforts to preserve historic structures in Santa Fe and Taos and built close ties with the artists, writers, and intellectuals who congregated in the area during the 1930s and 1940s. She was instrumental in renewing interest in and respect for Hispanic and Indian culture, which had for a time faced scorn and ridicule.

Her book, Old Spain in Our Southwest (1936), recorded her memories of the family hacienda in Las Lunas. She continued her life at Las Dos as a businesswoman, educator, writer, and political activist until her death in 1965.

This new edition is a facsimile of the original edition with a forward by Charlotte T. Whaley, author of Nina Otero-Warren of Santa Fe.

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OLD SPANISH TRAIL NORTH BRANCH AND ITS TRAVELERS
Stories of the Exploration of the American Southwest
By Ron Kessler

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The ancient trail from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Crescent Junction near Green River, Utah was a good route for travel for the early settlers. It was first used by Woolly Mammals who migrated up and down the Rio Grande and then by many travelers in that part of the American Southwest. The sixteen diaries or journals in this book give individual perspectives to the adventures and difficulties encountered on these treks and is described in great detail by the hearty souls whose records will captivate the reader. There is mention, for example, of meeting “a group of pioneers” and details of Antoine Leroux’s leading John W. Gunnison and his eighteen wagons down the trail—a worthy route. Let these colorful accounts and stories take you back to the days and time of those who trod the Old Spanish Trail North Route. The book includes photographs and maps.

Ron Kessler, a San Luis Valley, Colorado native, has deep roots in the Old Spanish Trail which is almost in his back yard. He is a founder of the Old Spanish Trail Association, devoting much time and energy to making others aware of this important link to our past.

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OLD TOWN ALBUQUERQUE
A History of the Ancient Town at the Crossroads of the American Southwest
By Peter Hertzog

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For almost three centuries, Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been the crossroads of the American Southwest. This book gives a concise history of events that shaped this unusual village that was first settled in 1706.


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ON THE CLIFFS OF ACOMA
The History of the Famous American Indian Village
By John Dressman

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"This book is the result of the author’s lifelong interest in the Pueblo of Acoma in western New Mexico.

“When I was a boy, I used to go with my father, a Santa Fe merchant and Indian trader, to the Indian pueblos. Very early, I learned the legends and myths associated with the various pueblos,” explains Dressman. “I was particularly intrigued by both the legends and historical facts that related to the Pueblo of Acoma. To me, it was one of the most dramatic and tragic stories of the American Southwest.”

In his story, the author takes us to modern Acoma and relives the events surrounding the Spanish assault on the cliff dwelling. His two main characters, Peter and Christina, live in this enchanting place where their relatives have lived since long before Columbus sailed. Their people lived a peaceful life for hundreds of years until 1600 when the Spanish, in their conquest of New Mexico, defeated the Acomas in a terrible slaughter. Peter tells the story of the battle; it is a part of his history.

Children can add to their enjoyment of this book by asking their parents for some soft, colored pencils and coloring all the illustrations in the book.

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF WATER WARS IN NEW MEXICO, 1912-2012
By Catherine T. Ortega Klett, Editor

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Water is the lifeblood of human existence. New Mexico's history provides a fascinating microcosm of the role water plays in the growth and development of a community. This book details many of the complex and messy fights, legal and otherwise, over precious water in a semiarid western state. Focusing on the past one hundred years constituting New Mexico's statehood, contributors describe the often convoluted and always intriguing stories that have shaped New Mexico's water past and that will, without doubt, influence its future history.

Many of New Mexico's "movers and shakers" in the water community have contributed their water war stories to the book. From acclaimed water lawyers to historians to novelists to academicians, their stories reflect the broad legal, historic, traditional, religious, and community values of New Mexico's water culture. The celebration of New Mexico's centennial is made more complete with the telling of these exciting and colorful narratives of how water has and will shape our future.

Catherine T. Ortega Klett, a native New Mexican, has worked at the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute for 25 years, overseeing the information transfer program including the publication of technical reports, conference proceedings, newsletters, and miscellaneous reports. During this time she has also coordinated the presentation of many conferences and symposia. She has a bachelor's degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Albany and a master's degree in public administration from New Mexico State University.

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THE OTHER STATE, NEW MEXICO USA
By Richard McCord

"For anyone who's had the privilege and pleasure of residing or visiting New Mexico, this is a must read. The price and eay readabiity make it a fulfilling treat." NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE

“Author and journalist Richard McCord is a natural storyteller. These sketches of his, lovingly stitched together, portray quirky, unpredictable New Mexicans, and especially their unconventional capital of Santa Fe. The characters who briefly walk through these pages each cast a ray of light on the human condition, and occasionally even evoke a chuckle. McCord’s book is as absorbing as it is genuine.” (MARC SIMMONS, historian)

“Richard McCord is Santa Fe’s answer to Mark Twain. His intelligence, wit and insight have added to our cultural life for three decades. Read this book—it will lift your spirits.” (NANCY WOOD, author, poet, photographer)

“Some of these essays on New Mexico read like fiction although we know them to be history. If you live in New Mexico, at times it is hard to differentiate between these two worlds or realities. McCord captures these nuances with style and grace.” (ORLANDO ROMERO, writer/historian)

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The party in the cemetery. The amputation of the bronze foot. The reincarnation of Billy the Kid. The only book ever to make The New York Times best-seller list in both fiction AND non-fiction. The female gentlemen. The cave that waited 40 years. The murderous “squaw man.” Where will you find these strange stories, and more? Only in “The Other State: New Mexico, USA.” Anyone who lives in or travels to New Mexico understands that it is a place unlike anywhere else. Extremely unlike anywhere else. These true tales, brief and fast-moving, paint a unique portrait of a unique land. They are told by a multiple-award-winning writer, who found his home in New Mexico decades ago and has been telling its story ever since. If you too feel New Mexico’s spell, then welcome to . . . “The Other State.”

Raised in Georgia, trained in New York, Richard McCord found home in New Mexico in 1971. Three years later he founded the weekly Santa Fe Reporter, which soon won a national reputation for excellence. Now a freelance, he celebrates the place he loves.

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OUR LADY OF THE CONQUEST
The story of America's Oldest Devotion to the Virgin Mary
By Fray Angélico Chávez

The story of a statue called "La Conquistadora" used in Catholic religious celebrations in Santa Fe, New Mexico. New foreword by Marc Simmons.

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As the Spaniards were preparing to reconquer Santa Fe from the Pueblo Indians in 1692, Captain-General Don Diego de Vargas solemnly vowed to build a special chapel for his own favorite statue of Our Lady of the Rosary should he gain a quick victory, and also to hold a yearly procession in her honor. The image was carried into battle and the Spaniards gained an effective conquista, and thereafter this particular image came to be known as "La Conquistadora." Other legends and practices grew around these bare essentials of the story. Many people have tried, in all sincerity, to evaluate the historic aspects of the tradition and to draw the best plausible conclusions therefrom, but Fray Angélico Chávez seemed best suited to detail the origins and development of America’s oldest devotion to the Virgin Mary in a scholarly yet devout manner.

Fray Angélico Chávez, in the decades following his ordination as a Franciscan priest in 1937, performed the difficult duties of an isolated backcountry pastor. His assignments included Hispanic villages and Indian pueblos. As an army chaplain in World War II, he accompanied troops in bloody landings on Pacific islands, claiming afterwards that because of his small stature, Japanese bullets always missed him. In time, despite heavy clerical duties, Fray Angélico managed to become an author of note, as well as something of an artist and muralist. Upon all of his endeavors, one finds, understandably, the imprint of his religious perspective. During nearly seventy years of writing, he published almost two dozen books. Among them were novels, essays, poetry, biographies, and histories, some of which are published by Sunstone Press.

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OUTLAWS & DESPERADOS
A New Mexico Federal Writers' Project Book
By Ann Lacy and Anne Valley-Fox, compilers and editors

Stories about outlaws and desperados of the Old West from writers in the Federal Writers’ Project in New Mexico between 1936 and 1940.

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In the early days of the American West, outlaws dominated the New Mexico Territory. Such colorful characters as Black Jack Ketchum, the Apache Kid, Curly Bill, Devil Dick, Billy the Kid, Bill McGinnis, Vicente Silva and his gang, the Dalton Brothers, and the Wild Bunch terrorized the land. Feared by many, loved by some, their exploits were both horrifying and legendary. In between forays, notorious outlaws were sometimes exemplary cowboys. Singly or in gangs, they held up stagecoaches and trains and stole from prospectors and settlers. When outlaws reigned, bank holdups, shoot-outs, and murders were a common occurrence; death by hanging became a favored means of settling disputes by outlaws and vigilantes alike. Stories of outlaws later provided plots for many of our favorite Western movies.

Between 1936 and 1940, field workers in the Federal Writers’ Project (a part of the government-funded Works Progress Administration, or WPA, later called Work Projects Administration) collected and wrote down many accounts that provide an authentic and vivid picture of outlaws in the early days of New Mexico. They feature life history narratives of places, characters, and events of the Wild West during the late 1800s. These original documents reflect the unruly, eccentric conditions of the New Mexico Territory as they played out in clashes and collaborations between outlaws and “the gentle people” of New Mexico before and after statehood.

This book, focusing on outlaws and desperados, is the first in a series featuring stories from the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project collection. Other books in the series include stories about ranchers, cowboys, and the wild and woolly adventures of sheepherders, homesteaders, prospectors, and treasure hunters. In them, the untamed New Mexico Territory comes to life with descriptions of encounters with Indians, travels along the old trails, cattle rustling, murders at the gambling table, and Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus. This treasury of Federal Writers’ Project records, presented with informative background and historic photographs, also highlights Hispano folk life and Western lore in old New Mexico.

Ann Lacy has lived in New Mexico since 1979. She has been an Artist-in-Residence in the New Mexico Artists-in-the-Schools Program and a studio artist exhibiting her work in museums and galleries. As a researcher and writer, she has specialized in New Mexico history and culture. She received a City of Santa Fe 2000 Heritage Preservation Award.

Anne Valley-Fox is a New Mexico poet and writer. Her publications include Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life through Writing and Storytelling, Sending the Body Out, Fish Drum 14 and Point of No Return. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including El Palacio: Art, History and Culture of the Southwest, New Mexico Poetry Renaissance and In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960.

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OUTLAWS OF NEW MEXICO
Desperados of the Old Wild West
By Peter Hertzog, Compiler

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Each century has its folk figures in which villainy and heroism combine to produce larger than life individuals who then become part of American history and legend celebrated in song and story.

This is particularly true of the western United States in the 19th century when the restless expansion of a growing nation was reflected in an era of extreme individualism. This was not only the time of Horatio Alger’s “rags to riches” sagas but also a time when violence was seen as another way of achieving material success.

By its very nature the American West attracted men (and some women) who considered themselves to be outside the law and generally superior to those who tried to maintain order and justice on the new frontier. Because it was a border state, New Mexico had a large population of outlaws. These desperadoes, by their actions and often wanton killings, influenced the course of history in the area. And at least one, Billy the Kid, became a romanticized figure in art, music and literature.

This compilation is a valuable reference for such individuals but is not meant to be a complete list. Further information about outlaws can be found in the books listed in the bibliography.


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PADRE MARTINEZ AND BISHOP LAMY
By Ray John de Aragón

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Willa Cather, in the historical novel Death Comes for the Archbishop, depicts Padre Antonio Jose Martinez as an unscrupulous backward rogue priest and Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy as a civilizing, heroic and monumental figure. Countering Cather’s assessment and portrayal of these two larger-than-life Southwestern folk heroes, Ray John de Aragon attempts to set the historical record straight.

Padre Martinez (1793-1867) is viewed as a genius who was ahead of his time. Recognized as a champion of the poor, defender of the Native Americans and proponent of human rights, it was inevitable that he would clash with Lamy. Bishop Lamy (1814-1888), who also had his followers, emerges as someone whose understanding of native New Mexican cultures was lacking, but one whose intentions were to do good as a missionary in a strange and foreign land.

Ray John de Aragón has written extensively on the history of New Mexico and the traditions and culture of northern New Mexico. He is recognized as a master santero with works in numerous private and public collections. His efforts at promoting and preserving the Spanish Colonial heritage of the American Southwest have gained regional and national attention. He has been featured in many publications and a PBS documentary. He holds a Masters in American Studies with emphasis on the Hispanic culture, heritage, history and traditions of New Mexico, and he has lectured and taught in this area at the university level.

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THE PADRE OF ISLETA
The Story of Father Anton Docher
By Julia Keleher and Elsie Ruth Chant

The story of Father Anton Docher while a Catholic priest in Isleta Indian Pueblo in New Mexico from 1891 until his death in 1928.

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Adolph F. Bandelier, Charles Fletcher Lummis, and Father Anton Docher are names closely associated with the early colonial days in New Mexico. All of these characters appear in this narrative of Isleta Pueblo which tells the story of Father Docher’s life in the Indian pueblo from the day when he first arrived along the road that was bad, but the sunset beautiful in 1891 until the time of the death of his two great friends, Bandelier and Lummis, and his own death several months later in 1928.

Father Docher’s job was not an easy one, but his great patience and understanding helped him through many difficulties. The story goes into many of these and into much of the legend and superstition of Isleta Pueblo which the Padre encountered during his long life there. He was particularly interested in the story of Father Padilla, the Franciscan friar who came with Coronado’s band, whose body was buried in the church at Isleta but which refused to stay underground.

Julia Keleher was a member and Professor in the English Department of the University of New Mexico from 1931 to her retirement in 1959. She was also a professional writer and edited each of her brother, William A. Keleher’s books, all of which have been published by Sunstone Press in its Southwest Heritage Series. Her collaboration with Elsie Ruth Chant resulted in this fascinating collection of incidents for all readers interested in the American Southwest. She was married to Lloyd Chant and raised two children, George Ashley Chant and Julia Jane Chant.

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PECOS PUEBLO PEOPLE THROUGH THE AGES
Stories of Time and Place
By Carol Paradise Decker

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The once great Pecos Pueblo has deteriorated to a series of rock and earthen humps on a narrow ridge in the Upper Pecos Valley in New Mexico. The nearby mission church is reduced to roofless red walls eroding among the foundations of its larger predecessor. Now that they are under the care of the National Park Service, visitors stroll the Ruins Trail awed by the remains and eager to know more of their story.

Who were the people who called this place home over the centuries? What were their lives like in times of calm and crisis? Where did the people go when the Pueblo was abandoned? And how can their descendents claim that “we are still here!”? These ten stories range through the centuries from stone age hunters of the distant past to the return of the ancestors in 1999. Linked by an ancient bone bead each describes a particular event from the perspective of a young girl and her family.

A transplanted New Englander, Carol Paradise Decker moved to Santa Fe in 1980 with a background in Spanish and intercultural relations. Soon she began teaching Conversational Spanish in various venues and exploring the history and heritage of New Mexico. As a tour guide she roamed all over the northern part of the state sharing with visitors what she was learning. For eight years she planned informal gatherings of many kinds: conversations with key elders, visits to homes and relevant organizations, field trips to farms and villages, work projects and more—bringing together Santa Fe Anglos, local Hispanics and Pueblo Indians through her Vecinos del Norte program. Later (1998–2003) she volunteered at The Pecos National Historical Park, and more recently at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

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THE PENITENTES OF NEW MEXICO
Hermanos de la Luz/Brothers of the Light
By Ray John de Aragón

Cover illustrations by Rosa María Calles

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This is the first major study by a Hispano from New Mexico with intergenerational ties to the Penitentes--the deeply religious group called Hermanos de la Luz, Brothers of the Light. It also ties the santero folk art of New Mexico, the Penitente Brotherhood, and the Penitente religious hymns, alabados, together. De Aragón asserts that one cannot truly function without all three and herein lies the devotional beauty that has been passed down for generations in Spanish folk tradition.

Ray John de Aragón is an internationally recognized santero and writer. He has received numerous awards and is credited with producing images meant primarily for religious veneration like the original New Mexico santeros of the nineteenth century. He has always strived for authentic detail in sculpting wooden figures that most closely resemble the spiritual and folk quality of the originals. His attention to true religious detail centered on the Passion sufferings of Christ is evident in this book. He is the is the author of Padre Martínez and Bishop Lamy, The Legend of La Llorona, and Recollections of the Life of the Priest Don Antonio Jose Martínez, all from Sunstone Press.

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THE PENITENTES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTOS
By Bill Tate

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The Penitentes are a secret and sacred Spanish-American brotherhood who live in the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado who have pledged themselves to Christian devotions without completely withdrawing from the daily world. They have dedicated themselves in remembrance that Jesus Christ was condemned, crucified, and died on the cross for the salvation of mankind, and the expiation of his sins. Their devotions are observed usually in secret because the Penitentes believe that worship is a private matter and that one should not seek approbation for one’s sacred endeavors. They are the descendants of the vanguard of Spanish colonists who settled in the highlands of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado during the floodtide of Spanish colonization. The Penitente liturgy consists mainly of prayers called rosaries, rapturous songs called alabados, and processions. The author says, “I have no portfolio to be their apologist or oracle, but I have taken it upon myself to portray and to clarify in this book who the Penitentes are, what they do, and why, as lucidly and objectively as possible.”

Bill Tate was an artist and author who lived in the mountain village of Truchas, New Mexico where he owned and operated the Tate Gallery. His paintings hang in private collections in almost every state and many foreign countries. He served in the United States Navy and after World War II became a writer in Hollywood. After his move to New Mexico he served as a Justice of the Peace in Santa Fe and Rio Arribo counties. He has written several other books about New Mexico history and philosophy.


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A PLACE OF HER OWN
The Story of Elizabeth Garrett, the Daughter of Pat Garrett
By Ruth K. Hall

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Born blind, Elizabeth Garrett overcame many handicaps to become self-sufficient and a nationally-known musician, singer and composer. In an age when women were still strugglng for their independence, she developed a career that took her around the country. She neither sought nor accepted pity but, using her own resources, created a life and a philosophy that became a source of wonder to all who knew her. Daughter of controversial and famed frontier sheriff Pat Garrett (who was noted for successfully ending the career of Billy the Kid) and a Hispanic mother, Elizabeth successfully bridged the time gap between the still lawless days of early New Mexico and the transitions brought about by World War II. A New Mexican who loved her native state, she was able to write of its beauties without ever having seen them. She wrote "O Fair New Mexico," the state song, and was the state's first women's liberation advocate. Photographs, illustrations, bibliography.

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PLÁTICAS
Conversations About and Among Friends and Neighbors in Cuba, New Mexico
By Esther V. Cordova May

Northern New Mexico regional Hispanic history and folklore.

The community of Cuba, New Mexico, its institutions and economy are changing rapidly and radically. Our town is losing its former identity and its precious historical resources. Personally, I feel an urgent need to capture as much of our history as possible. I hope to share what I can from my perspective in the form of pláticas. In Spanish, pláticas means conversation, talk or chat, as well as discourse or a communication of ideas or information. Those of us who experienced Cuba before the age of electronic devices used to relate through pláticas. With our passing, the resources from the past will become less accessible unless they are written down. The stories and the fascinating people who once made our world special will fade away. The modern reader is invited to share our history and join in appreciating who we were as a community. Like any other place, Cuba’s history illustrates compassion and pain as well as conflict, cooperation and endurance. These stories and observations have relevance in this place and elsewhere, now and in the future.

Esther V. Cordova May was born in Cuba, New Mexico before World War II. As a child, she experienced the pre-industrial, rural life as prior generations of her family had done in Cuba and surrounding villages. Esther earned her Bachelor’s degree in history at Mills College in Oakland, California and a Masters degree in Folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. Since returning to Cuba nearly forty years ago, she has continued her research of verbal accounts of pre-World War II life and her collection of photographs started in 1972 as a student research scholar. Esther is the author of the highly acclaimed Antes: Stories from the Past, Rural Cuba New Mexico, 1769–1949, published by Sunstone Press in 2011.

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PO PAI MO
The Search for White Buffalo Woman
By Robert Boissiere

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From a Nazi prison camp to the rocky mesas of Hopi, Arizona, Robert boissiere takes the reader on a literary and spiritual voyage of the first magnitude. A Frenchman, dispossessed of his land in the Second World War, the author arrives in America homeless, and finds a permanent place among two different Indian tribes in the American Southwest. The Hopis accept him as one of them because—in spirit—he is one of them, even when he is breaking a rule he knows nothing about. The book is about living and learning all over again.

While living, and learning, at Taos Pueblo in New Mexico (the first white man to do so) Boissiere finds his second home and his great love, Po Pai Mo, the woman he marries. His search for White Buffalo Woman over, his life as an Indian—begun at Hopi—now matures as his new wife teaches him the ways of her people. The gift of knowledge she gives him in this enchanting tale completes the journey of the man without a country. Rooted at last, secure in his life with Po Pai Mo, Robert Boissiere learns how to live, how to love, and how to die.

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PORTRAITS OF THE IRON HORSE
The American Locomotive in Pictures and Story
By Otto Kuhler

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Otto Kuhler was a German American designer, one of the best known industrial designers of the American railroads. According to Trains magazine he stream-styled more locomotives and railroad cars than Cret, Dreyfuss and Loewy combined. His extensive concepts for the modernization of the American railroads had repercussions onto the railways worldwide until today. In addition he was a prolific artist of industrial aesthetics and of the American West in general. This book, illustrated with his drawings, provides a history of American locomotives from the “Best Friend of Charleston” through the “stream-styled” ones he designed.


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THE POSTWAR TRANSFORMATION OF ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, 1945–1972
By Robert Turner Wood

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From the end of World War II to the closing months of 1972, Albuquerque, New Mexico, underwent as dramatic a transformation as any American city ever has in such a short time. Its population exploded from about 50,000 to more than five times that number, and the median income of its citizens adjusted for inflation doubled. Fundamental changes took place in the character of the city, as the rugged individualism of the people gave way to more cooperative behavior, and authority relaxed throughout the society. Such broad social changes could also be seen in the country at large, but in Albuquerque they transpired more rapidly and vividly. Ex-Governor Clyde Tingley, Pete Domenici before he became a U.S. Senator, County Commission Chairman Dorothy Cline, Chicano activist Reies Tijerina and many others come to life on these pages. Their words and acts have had a continuing impact on the paths the city has followed to the present day.

Robert Turner Wood first moved to Albuquerque in 1969 for graduate work in American studies at the University of New Mexico, where he completed his PhD with a dissertation on the recent history of the city. His work experience shows his interest in all areas of city life, for he has been a college English instructor, a city planner, a database editor, real estate appraiser, and a medical librarian. Over the years he has written articles on Albuquerque history for local publications.


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PUBLIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN NEW MEXICO, 1933-1943
A Guide to the New Deal Legacy
By Kathryn A. Flynn

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Do you like to go treasure hunting in obvious or out of the way places? Do you like to view fine art in galleries large and small? This book will give you directions to New Mexico’s amazing New Deal treasures and to buildings and bridges, murals and sculptures, paintings and people who made them. They are not necessarily in the most obvious places, and yet many are in places that one routinely visits. They have been patiently waiting in our cities, our villages, our parks, rarely witnessed as being “treasures.” They were constructed perhaps even by your own artistic ancestors. This book is full of clues. Go sleuthing!

Growing up in Portales, New Mexico, Kathryn Akers Flynn lived in an area with a New Deal courthouse, a New Deal post office, and New Deal schools. She worked at the local swimming pool and partied in the city park, both built during the Depression era. In high school she was a cheerleader on 1930s football fields for onlookers in Work Progress Administration bleachers and camped out at a nearby Civilian Conservation Corps created park and lake. She never knew any of these structures were fashioned by the New Deal, nor did she notice the New Deal treasures in Salt Lake City while at the University of Utah where she received her Bachelor’s Degree or the New Deal structures in Carbondale, Illinois where she earned her Master’s Degree at Southern Illinois University. Returning to New Mexico, she had a career in the state health and mental health administration that included directorship of Carrie Tingley Hospital, a New Deal facility with many public art treasures. It wasn’t until she became Deputy Secretary of State of New Mexico that she realized what was around her. As a result she went on to edit three editions of the New Mexico Blue Book featuring information about New Deal creations all over the state.

This book presents the history and whereabouts of many such treasures found since Flynn compiling an earlier book, Treasures on New Mexico Trails, and another that focuses on New Deal programs nationwide, The New Deal: A 75th Anniversary Celebration. She also assisted with the compilation of A More Abundant Life, New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico by Jacqueline Hoefer, also from Sunstone Press and an apt companion for Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico. She was instrumental in creating the National New Deal Preservation Association, and now serves as Executive Director.

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PUBLIC TELEVISION: AMERICA'S FIRST STATION
An Intimate Account
By William Hawes

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KUHT-TV in Houston, Texas was the first non-commercial, educational television station. This is the story of its development and struggle for survival.In the history of broadcasting and education, the evening of May 25th, 1953 was highly significant—KUHT-TV in Houston, Texas became the first non-commercial, education (now called public television) station. At its dedication Federal Communications Commissioner Frieda B. Hennock said: “For here in Houston begins the practical realization of the tremendous benefits that television holds out to education…. The accumulated riches of man’s education, cultural and spiritual development can be spread right before the viewers’ eyes in a convenient and attractive format. In fact, the sky of man’s constructive imagination is literally the only limit on the good that can be derived from education TV.” This is the story of the development of Channel 8 from its origins to CEO Jeff Clarke’s plan for 2000. The LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting is the realization of the plan.

William Hawes holds a doctorate from The University of Michigan and taught a telecourse for college credit as early as 1959. Since moving to Texas, he has known most of the principal decision-makers at KUHT and many other pioneers of public broadcasting. Dr. Hawes is also the author of American Television Drama, The Experimental Years, Live Television Drama, 1946–1951, and Filmed Television Drama, 1952–1958.

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RALPH EMERSON TWITCHELL
The Historian Who Found New Mexico’s Future in the Past
By Daniel Jason Twitchell

In the latter half of the nineteenth century a number of talented and industrious individuals immigrated to New Mexico in search of wealth and prestige. Among these enterprising newcomers was a young lawyer from Missouri named Ralph Emerson Twitchell. Shrewd, audacious, and driven, Twitchell quickly distinguished himself from the others as an attorney, an orator, a publicist, and a historian. From the moment he stepped off the train in Las Vegas, Twitchell entrenched himself in his adopted home, working tirelessly to promote progress and to broadcast its many virtues.

A pillar of the New Mexico community, he spent more than forty years as a devoted civil servant. Inspired by the history, culture, and charm of old Santa Fe, he became one of the city’s leading patrons and helped transform the ancient capital into a popular tourist destination. Yet he seems to be one of the most obscure and understudied figures in New Mexico history. Remembered solely for his achievements as a historian—his books articulated the idea of New Mexico for generations of Americans—Twitchell has otherwise been virtually ignored.

Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s influential role in the modernization and development of New Mexico is now expansively detailed in this revelatory work.

Daniel Jason Twitchell is the great-grandnephew of Ralph Emerson Twitchell. A native of the American Southwest, he holds a BS in History from Northern Arizona University and an MA in Public Affairs from New Mexico Highlands University. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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RE-RIDING HISTORY
Horseback Over the Santa Fe Trail
By Curtiss Frank

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In the early 1970s, Curtiss Frank and Jack Underhill, a pair of mismatched thirty-somethings who had been chums since boyhood, decided to ride horseback over the old Santa Fe Trail, or at least over a several-hundred-mile section of the far end of it. And the motive for the trip? Curtiss Frank says that reading the many firsthand accounts of the earliest trail travelers stirred up his blood and got him to wondering what it would be like to retrace the original pioneer route with the aim of reliving the experience and also discovering what physical evidence of the past remained visible.

As the author notes, other adventurers had undertaken the same journey, going by foot, horseback, or even wagon. But uniformly, they had used public roads, which today in many places are at a considerable distance from the original Santa Fe Trail. What Frank and Underhill proposed was to find the actual historical ruts and stay in them across private ranchland and open country so as to make a faithful retracing of the authentic route followed by the nineteenth-century freight caravans. This is their story.

CURTISS FRANK, in his own words, “grew up with an inordinate interest in things most others had given up on. From the mule wagons of the family plantation in Mississippi to the law cases of his father’s Wall Street firm, his tastes careened between intellectual and hands-on concerns. Initially inspired by Francis Bacon, he developed several ten year plans to achieve comprehensive goals only to be subverted by the mysteries. The result has been an inability to choose among the occupational categories offered by the census and other simpleminded formats. His career has included college professor, logger, farmer, builder, stone mason, innkeeper, and now writer. Each has been a love affair.”

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READiscover NEW MEXICO
A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy
By Kathy Barco with design and Illustrations by Mike Jaynes

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Tag along with Rosita the Roadrunner on her journey to learn about the Land of Enchantment. On the trail, meet Roja & Verde (the Chile Twins), Biscochita (a Smart Cookie), Piñon Jay, Dusty the Tumbleweed, and a town full of prairie dogs who love to read.

READiscover New Mexico, a recent theme for the Statewide Summer Reading Program sponsored by the New Mexico State Library, encourages the discovery of the vast cultural, natural, historical, and literary treasures found in our beautiful state. Children, adults and families experience some of these for the very first time by visiting Rosita's ultimate source for information: the library. Featured is a literal example of "poetic license," with an introduction by "Tag" the license plate.

Join the fun! Children will love coloring the cast of characters and sharing the adventure with their families. Among many classroom uses, teachers can present the fun story as a bi- or tri-lingual playlet. Enrichment material includes a compilation of the programs, activities, crafts, song parodies, celebrations, and bibliographies devised by the children’s librarians who brought READiscover New Mexico to life in public libraries throughout the state. Also featured are riddles, New Mexico trivia, relevant websites, an extensive booklist, several recipes for Biscochitos, instructions for making Star-O-Litos, and a large collection of reproducible artwork.

Rosita's Ramble is presented in English, Spanish, and Navajo.

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Yá'át'ééh!

Author KATHY BARCO was Youth Services Coordinator at the New Mexico State Library from 2001-2006. Currently a children’s librarian with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library, she received the 2006 Leadership Award from the New Mexico Library Association. She is co-author (with Valerie Nye) of Breakfast Santa Fe Style – A Dining Guide to Fancy, Funky and Family Friendly Restaurants. Designer/Illustrator MIKE JAYNES, a Seattle-based graphic artist, has designed and illustrated six summer reading programs for the New Mexico State Library. Both Kathy and Mike grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Royalties from the sale of this publication will go to the New Mexico State Library Fund at the New Mexico Community Foundation.

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THE REAL BILLY THE KID
Facsimile of Original 1936 Edition
By Miguel Antonio Otero

New Foreword by Ray John de Aragón
New Preface by Marc Simmons

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Miguel Antonio Otero served as the first Hispanic governor of the U.S. Territory of New Mexico, from 1897 to 1907. He was appointed to the office by President William McKinley. Long after his retirement from politics, Governor Otero wrote and published his memoirs in three volumes, a major contribution to New Mexico history. But he also published a biography in 1936 titled The Real Billy the Kid. His aim in that book, he proclaimed, was to write the Kid’s story “without embellishment, based entirely on actual fact.” Otero had known the outlaw briefly and also had known the man who killed Billy in 1881, Sheriff Pat Garrett. The author recalled Garrett saying he regretted having to slay Billy. Or, as he bluntly put it, “it was simply the case of who got in the first shot. I happened to be the lucky one.”

By all accounts, Billy the Kid was much adored by New Mexico’s Hispanic population. Otero asserts that the Kid was considerate of the old, the young and the poor. And he was loyal to his friends. Further, Martin Cháves of Santa Fe stated: “Billy was a perfect gentleman with a noble heart. He never killed a native citizen of New Mexico in all his career, and he had plenty of courage.” Otero was especially admiring of Billy because as a boy in Silver City, “he had loved his mother devotedly.” Such praise must be viewed in the context of the times. Other people, of course, saw Billy as an arch-villain.

MIGUEL A. OTERO rightly distinguished himself as a political leader in New Mexico where he raised a family and lived out his life as a champion of the people, but he is also highly recognized for his career as an author. He published his legendary My Life on the Frontier, 1864-1882, in 1935, followed by The Real Billy the Kid: With New Light on the Lincoln County War in 1936, My Life on the Frontier, 1882-1897 in 1939, and My Nine Years as Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1897-1906 in 1940. All of these books are published by Sunstone Press in its Southwest Heritage Series.

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RECOLLECTIONS OF THE LIFE OF THE PRIEST DON ANTONIO JOSE MARTINEZ
By Pedro Sanchez

Original Spanish Text Translated by Ray John de Aragón. Cover illustration by Rosa Maria Calles.

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In 1903 Pedro Sanchez published his Memorias, or Recollections of the Life of the Priest Don Antonio Jose Martinez. This rare book, written in Spanish, is hailed by historians and others as an important and unique contribution to the literary history of New Mexico and the American Southwest. Sanchez was a student of this famous folk hero priest and the book beautifully illustrates the respect and admiration the people held for Padre Martinez. The priest is shown as dedicated to the Church and the people who looked up to him as a champion of social justice, equal rights, the downtrodden and the oppressed. Pedro Sanchez himself, as a product of Padre Martinez’s coeducational school in Taos, New Mexico, credits his mentor for his success in his career and life as did many of his other students.

This Spanish and English edition features an introduction by Myra Ellen Jenkins, Ph.D., a former New Mexico state historian.

RAY JOHN de ARAGÓN, a leading scholar on Padre Martinez and the authority on his life and work, translated the original Spanish text of the Sanchez book into English. De Aragón has a Masters in American Studies and has been a keynote speaker at public and historical conferences on Padre Martinez whom he has research extensively. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is the author of Padre Martinez and Bishop Lamy, The Legend of La Llorona, and Brothers of the Light, The Penitentes of New Mexico, all from Sunstone Press.

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RECONSTRUCTING MABEL
A Taos Memoir
By Valmai Howe Elkins

Valmai Howe Elkins recalls her adventures in Taos, New Mexico, when she buys a tiny house built in the 1920s by Mabel Dodge Luhan, patron of the arts and author of “Winter in Taos.”

High in the mountains of New Mexico, Taos has long been a magnet for artists. When writer Valmai Howe Elkins, escaping brutal east coast winters, buys a tiny house without even seeing inside, lured by the way the light shimmers between the branches of an old apple tree, she is intrigued by the startling adobe house at the top of the lane. “That’s the Mabel Dodge Luhan House,” the realtor tells her. “Mabel was a wealthy socialite who became a patron of the arts. She married Tony Luhan from the Pueblo and they built that house. She was the person who invited Georgia O’Keeffe to the American Southwest.” Mabel, born in 1879, turned her back on a glittering life in Florence, Italy and New York to savor the simple pleasures of Taos and her people. Inspired by Mabel’s book, Winter in Taos, together with the extraordinary house and its view across the sage plains to the Sacred Mountain, Elkins regains her health, makes friends and plunges into Taos adventures. The book is an invitation to readers to explore the lives of rebellious women. The author experiences the power of place and a quirky house which continues to create its own magical world.

Valmai Howe Elkins, while teaching childbirth education at McGill University, pioneered the hospital Birthing Room and introduced the concept and design across North America. The Rights of the Pregnant Parent, dubbed “the book that changed hospital birth,” became an international bestseller, followed by The Birth Report. With a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, she is the author of the novels The Dreams of Zoo Animals, about coming of age in Australia, and The Loneliness of Angels, a darkly entertaining look at alternative healing. Her insightful guide, Adventures of a Feng Shui Detective, builds on her Birthing Room experience to explore the ways in which our physical surroundings shape our emotional well-being.

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RED SHIRT
The Life and Times of Henry Lafayette Dodge
By Lawrence D. Sundberg

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Henry Lafayette Dodge has long been a familiar name in 19th century American Southwestern history. As one of the earliest and most effective Indian agents to the Navajo, he has been portrayed as a congenial, sympathetic and compassionate advocate for the tribe—a veritable role model. The Navajo knew him as Red Shirt, a man they came to respect, appreciate and trust. Those who knew Dodge admitted, although often grudgingly, that he had unrivaled influence over the tribe.

By today’s sensibilities, Henry L. Dodge was hardly a role model. In his youth, he was irresponsible, hot-headed and violent. As an adult, he was sued for assault and battery, land fraud, breach of promises and misuse of public funds. He apparently couldn’t be trusted with money, his own or others’. Finally brought down by scandal, he fled Wisconsin in the dead of night, abandoning his career, his wife and his children, leaving them nearly destitute.

How then should history assess him? Honestly: precisely as he was, an ambitious and imperfect man. The honest telling gives a straightforward account of not only Henry L. Dodge, but what became the veritable mythology of the West, from the bawdy old French Missouri river towns to the raucous lead mining districts of southwest Wisconsin, through the slaughter of the Winnebago and Black Hawk wars to the invasion of New Mexico and the chaos of the Indian frontier; it is a gritty personal tale of the true West.

Lawrence D. Sundberg was born on June 19, 1952. From an early age he was fascinated with the peoples, lands and cultures of Arizona and New Mexico. After earning a BA in Anthropology and elementary teacher certification, he taught fourth and fifth grades on the Navajo reservation for eighteen years, during which time he wrote Dinetah, An Early History of the Navajo People, published by Sunstone Press of Santa Fe. He presently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and teaches English as a Second Language to adult refugees and immigrants for Catholic Charities of New Mexico.

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REFLECTIONS ON FAME AND SOME MEN
By John H. Rubel

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At the age of ten, in early 1931, the author stood alone facing the steps of Caltech’s majestic Atheneum as Albert Einstein descended them, and asked for his autograph. Sixty years later, a graduate of Caltech, a member of the Atheneum, a Japanese wedding party he addressed in the same place were honored to meet someone who had met Einstein. Here are a dozen or so reflections on once and future famous men the author encountered during a long career in industry and government: the Nobel Laureate Robert A. Millikan; Theodore von Karman, Hungarian of the Teller-von Neumann-Szilard group of geniuses; Wernher von Braun, head of both Nazi and NASA rocket development; General Curtis LeMay, sketched in striking personal anecdotes; and President Kennedy, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, the British Minister of Defense and others shown dealing with the 1962-63 Skybolt Crisis. Tenzing Norgay, with Edmund Hillary the first to conquer Mt. Everest, appears in Chapter 7, carrying burdens of once-great fame. The volume ends with a short sketch of a man who, like Einstein, escaped Hitler’s Europe, but survived years of hardship worthily, a reflection on fate, Fortune, transience and hope.

John H. Rubel was born in Chicago in April, 1920. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology (1942), married his sweetheart, and worked on classified war projects in the General Electric Research Labs until WWII ended. After the war he became director of a large aerospace development laboratory, leaving after Sputnik for the Pentagon in early 1959. He became Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering and Assistant Secretary of Defense in 1961. After ten years as senior vice-president of a large industrial company, he became a business consultant in 1973 until shortly after his wife’s untimely death in 1975. He has three children, five grandchildren and a great-grandson. He and his wife, Robin Emery, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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REMEMBERING MATTIE
A Pioneer Woman's Legacy
By Barbara Russell Chesser, PhD

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Traveling in covered wagons and by train, young Martha Jane Smith (affectionately called Mattie) and her family left Texas in the early 1900s to homestead on the wind-swept High Plains of Eastern New Mexico. Determination was ignited early in Mattie’s life—beginning with a rattlesnake bite that meant almost certain death in those days. Not for Mattie! When Mattie was eleven, her mother died. When Mattie was 22, her husband died from the Spanish Flu, leaving her with three young daughters to rear alone.

A second marriage produced three sons; the first died one day before his first birthday. Mattie’s husband died when the oldest surviving son was only nine. Heartbroken, the young widow refused to give in to futility or despair. Her dire situation again fanned the fire of fierce determination. Though others during the Great Depression lost their homes, Mattie—even as a widow—found a way to buy a house. Whereas others suffered long periods of unemployment, she “landed” a job. While many went hungry all across the United States, she found ways to feed her family as well as others. Many widows depended on relatives during this desperate time, but Mattie took care of her children and helped other families. Before the Depression was over, Mattie established a business. This was before women were accepted in the business world. Though she had no roadmap to guide her, Mattie never considered quitting or turning back. Her business thrived for more than four decades. Mattie’s remarkable life provides a role model as relevant today as it was decades ago.

Remembering Mattie: A Pioneer Woman’s Legacy of Grit, Gumption, and Grace is a treasure trove of true stories. Memorable pictures of people and places from the past and historic legal documents and papers (including long-ago newspaper clippings and love letters) add substance and interest to the book. Relevant information about what was going on in the world at the time provides a meaningful backdrop for Mattie’s life story.

New York Times bestselling author Barbara Russell Chesser, PhD, is uniquely qualified to write this book. Born in New Mexico, Barbara lived with Mattie from infancy until young adulthood. After graduating summa cum laude from Eastern New Mexico University, she earned graduate degrees, taught at several universities, and worked internationally. Author of four books, co-author of four other books, and editor of several volumes, Barbara has written for a variety of publications, including Reader’s Digest.

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REVOLUTION AND REBELLION
How Taxes Cost A Governor His Life in 1830s New Mexico
By Frank McCulloch

"REVOLUTION AND REBELLION provides a fascinating...look at the political complexities and social patterns in place at a time when New Mexico was emerging into its own identity yet still deeply infused with the flavors of Spain and Mexico. With fact-based literary imagination, McCulloch creates dialogue and offers vivid physical descriptions. This is a book that brings the past to life. Perhaps it also explains why most New Mexico governors, of they know their history, have attempted to lower the state's taxes rather than raise them. (Gussie Fauntleroy, THE NEW MEXICAN)

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The year is 1835, the place New Mexico, the hero or villain, depending upon your view is Don Albino Perez. Perez, the newly appointed Mexican governor, is more of an idealist than a politician. He rides north with high hopes for his new office in a strange land. After reaching New Mexico and assuming his duties, Perez finds he has a strong and forceful opponent in the former governor, Don Manuel Armijo. Armijo, who enjoys popular support, is determined to sabotage all of Perez's programs. His big opportunity comes when Perez puts into effect a vast taxation plan that touches everybody's pocketbooks. Feelings run high and Armijo seizes the moment to act. Perez is captured and beheaded. His short two-year chapter in New Mexico history with its political turmoil and intrigue is ended.

FRANK McCULLOCH, well-known writer of New Mexico history, did extensive research on this fascinating era in New Mexico. He was also fortunate to obtain firsthand accounts of the events from the granddaughter of Don Albino Perez.

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RIATA AND SPURS
The Story of a Lifetime spent in the Saddle as Cowboy and Detective
By Charles Angelo Siringo

The author’s story of his career as a cowboy and detective in the Old West. New Foreword by Marc Simmons

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In his introduction to the 1927 edition of Riata and Spurs, Gifford Pinchot said that “Charlie Siringo’s story of his life is one of the best, if not the very best, of all books about the Old West, when cowpunchers actually punched cows.” He goes on to say that “it is worth something to be able to lay your hand on a book written by a man who is the real thing, and who tells the truth.” Others might not have the same opinion about the book and some might argue about Siringo’s memories of things that happened during his lifetime. But, in any event, the book is a colorful portrayal of the ins and outs of cowboys, bad men, and the one detective who took out after them. Siringo originally had references to his experiences with the Pinkerton Agency, but which objected to his statements and they do not appear in the 1927 edition. There’s plenty left, however, including stories about Billy the Kid, Kid Curry, Butch Cassidy, and even a mention of Will Rogers. All in all, this fascinating book will give today’s readers a rare glimpse of what was once called “the Old West” and is now gone forever.

Charles Angelo Siringo (1855-1928), for a number of years prior to 1922, was one of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s most colorful and famous residents and was popularly known as “the cowboy detective.” A small, wiry man, he was friends with practically everyone in town, from the governor to the dog catcher. He had access to many persons, on both sides of the law, who were on their way to winning a place in the history books. From them he got first hand information that he incorporated into several of his books and their many incarnations. In his later years he lived in near poverty, making small amounts of money from his book writing and consulting on western films for Hollywood producers. Charles Angelo Siringo fell victim to a heart attack on October 8, 1928 in Altadena, California. Humorist Will Rogers, who knew and respected him, sent a telegram upon learning of his passing. It read: “May flowers always grow over his grave.”

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RIVER OF SOULS
A Novel of the West
By Ivon B. Blum

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Lyrically written, dramatically told, and historically based, this is the epic saga of Pedro Cortez, an 1840s Taos boy, who struggles to manhood during the bloody Pueblo revolt where he confronts betrayal, his father's murder, and cruel Black Hess who saber-cuts Pedro's mother and escapes. Pedro sets out in pursuit, partnered by majestic mountain man, Long John Hatcher, and daring trapper, Louy Simonds. They out-yarn the devil and teach Pedro the true measure of friendship. In California they find gold and mystery; lynchings and scurvy in one of the first placer mines before the rush that changes history forever; and meet Black Hess in fiery revenge. On the way back home, Pedro rescues an abandoned Becky Goddard from scalping knives amid the rumble of wagons and gun-thunder along the Santa Fe Trail. He also discovers a black man, Dibble, and fights the evil of Missouri slave catchers. Pedro and Becky, Hatcher and Louy, Black Hess and a host of Indians, freighters, whores and hellions propel this exciting first novel down a madly churning river of souls.

Ivon B. Blum is a retired Los Angeles lawyer who has been researching and writing about the American Southwest and California for more than ten years. As a boy he worked on a cattle ranch and panned gold in the Kern River and, later, in Alaska's Nome. He's traveled the Santa Fe trail from Kansas to Taos, New Mexico, looking for the old wagon wheel ruts; visited with the Tewa and the Navajo in their home towns and flyfished the San Juan, Rio Grande and Pecos. Blum is at home on the California gold trail of Highway 49 and has fished and walked much of the High Sierra. When he writes about Fort Union, Wagon Mound, the Bear River or a smoky horse, he's no stranger.

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE says: "The action never stops in this terrific first novel by a gifted storyteller. Strong characters , a sense of place, and beautiful writing combine to make 'River of Souls' a book for all readers."

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THE ROSAS AFFAIR
A Novel Based on a True Story
By Donald L. Lucero

Honor, Abuse of Power, and Retribution in Colonial New Mexico 1637 – 1645

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In the winter of 1637, Luis de Rosas, a tough, two-fisted soldier, stood outside the convent door beating on its staves with a gloved hand. Appointed to the governorship of New Mexico, he had petitioned the viceregal authorities for permission to set out from the city of Mexico for Santa Fe in advance of the regular supply caravan. While he was initially obliged to curb his restlessness, he could wait no longer. He wanted the supply wagons loaded and for Fray Tomas Manso and the men of his escort to hit the trail. Who could know that, in his impatience to begin his long journey and thus assume his responsibilities as captain-general of the New Mexico Kingdom, he was merely hurrying toward a lengthy confrontation with New Mexico's recalcitrant soldier-colonists and priests, and ultimately to his own demise?

This book forms the centerpiece of Lucero's trilogy about New Mexico's colonial history. It tells the story of his Baca, Gomez, Marquez, and Perez de Bustillo forebears in their bitter conflict with Rosas, the most interesting governor to serve prior to the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680. Because of Rosas's cruel tyranny, Lucero's ancestors become tragically entangled in the insanity of colonial affairs. Based on a true story, the book sets out the particulars of Church and State relations in New Mexico during the period 1637 – 1641 that led to the assassination of its governor and the beheading of the eight citizen-soldiers who were responsible for his death.

Donald L. Lucero is a former resident of Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he was born in his father's home, formerly the home of his paternal grandfather. He was educated in the Las Vegas schools through college, where in 1958 he received his B. A. in history from New Mexico Highlands University. After service with the U. S. Army, he served a two-year commitment with the U. S. Peace Corps in Colombia, South America. He then returned to New Mexico on a Peace Corps Preferential Fellowship to pursue graduate work in Counseling at the University of New Mexico. He received his M.A. in Counseling from this institution in 1965 and returned to complete his doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 1970. Since completion of a post-doctoral fellowship in Community Psychiatry and a second master's degree in Mental Health Administration at the University of North Carolina Medical School and School of Public Health, he has held several clinical and administrative positions in mental health. Dr. Lucero, a licensed psychologist, conducts a private practice in psychology in Raynham, Massachusetts. He is also the author of A Nation of Shepherds, the first in the New Mexico Trilogy and The Adobe Kingdom, both from Sunstone Press.

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ROSS CALVIN
Interpreter of the American Southwest
By Ron Hamm

"...a fine biography of a complex man..." --New Mexico Historical Review

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Many people love the American Southwest without truly understanding it. Ross Randall Calvin did and we are the richer for it. Calvin began his search as a pilgrim health-seeker, believing he had left the “known world” behind when he fled the East for New Mexico. There he soon found to our benefit that he could use his observational skills and intellect to fashion a picture that helped him and us comprehend those unique factors that make New Mexico what it is—its history, people, culture, climate, and so much more. Those lessons learned he shared with us. His books and essays can open our eyes to New Mexico if we but heed them. Calvin’s story as discoverer and interpreter unfolds in rich detail in this essential work.

Ron Hamm has written widely and extensively on New Mexico as a journalist, then later as author and biographer over some five decades. His previous books have been The Bursums of New Mexico: Four Generations of Leadership and Service and New Mexico Territorial Era Caricatures (Sunstone Press 2014). Ross Calvin gave him a fresh insight into New Mexico through Sky Determines and River of the Sun. Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the Southwest is Hamm’s most satisfying work.

“Imaginatively conceived and beautifully written, Ron Hamm’s Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest resurrects Ross Calvin’s life and restores Sky Determines and River of the Sun to their essential space in both twentieth-century American belle-lettres and environmental interpretations of the American Southwest.” —L.G. Moses, Professor of History, Oklahoma State University and author of the Ross Calvin essay, “If There Be Sermons in Stones, I Have Not Heard Them.”

“A masterful biography of Ross Calvin, one of the American Southwest’s greatest observers. Hamm explores how family, education, religion, profession, interests, and Southwest surroundings helped shape Calvin and his finest works, particularly Sky Determines (1934). Just as the Southwestern sky determined much of the region’s history and culture, Calvin’s life experiences, filled with accomplishments and disappointments, determined the man’s genius and lasting impact. —Richard Melzer, PhD, Past President, Historical Society of New Mexico, and author of Breakdown, How the Secret of the Atomic Bomb was Stolen During World War II; Ernie Pyle in the American Southwest; When We Were Young in the West, True Stories of Childhood; and Buried Treasures, Famous and Unusual Gravesites in New Mexico History, all from Sunstone Press


Hardcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-114-6
168 pp.,$29.95

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-115-3
168 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-456-6
168 pp.,$9.99


RURAL ARCHITECTURE
of the American Southwest
By Myrtle Stedman

“Her sketches are realistic and appealing. Her comments are warmhearted and informative.” --New Mexico Magazine

“…an outstanding compilation of [Myrtle Stedman’s] sketches and drawings with a commentary on the buildings and other structures portrayed.” --The Bookwatch

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During the 1950s and 1960s, the use of local building styles and traditional materials seemed to be on the wane. But shortly after that the historic architecture of the American Southwest rapidly began to win a new popularity. The turnaround was partly a product of the back-to-earth movement, the energy crises of the 1970s, and a reawakening of interest in regional history. But it received a boost, too, from advances in the use of solar energy--many of the new developments being especially adaptable to adobe structures. Individuals planning their dream house led the way, but many home builders and architects, taking note of the demand, followed the trend setters.

At the same time, “how-to” books and articles on Southwestern traditional architecture began to find a large readership. Among those in the forefront of this small phenomenon was artist and writer Myrtle Stedman. A long-time resident of the Santa Fe, New Mexico area, she had been a champion of the old ways in building for much of her adult life. Indeed, her books Adobe Architecture and Adobe Remodeling and Fireplaces in significant measure helped spark the return to traditional construction. Mrs. Stedman has now added to her earlier accomplishments with the present sketchbook, focusing on the numerous fascinating and picturesque aspects of rural architecture, focusing on northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Her splendid pen and ink drawings, reminding one of Eric Sloane’s work on rural America, have a three-fold value. In the first instance, they serve as an accurate documentary record of features and styles that comprise the unique architecture of this area. Secondly, the drawings will prove a boon to those wishing to restore buildings and improve rural properties along traditional lines. And finally, the artistic merit and natural charm of the sketchbook should appeal to all those who possess an aesthetic appreciation for the Southwestern landscape, be it natural or that part which is manmade.

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Softcover:
8 1/4 X 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-001-5
96 pp.,$19.95


THE SAINT FRANCIS MURALS OF SANTA FE
The Story of the Murals and the Artist Who Painted Them in Historic Saint Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe
By Carl Sheppard

Color and black & white photographs, illustrations, bibliography and index

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The murals of the Saint Francis Auditorium of the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico were dedicated in 1918 when the Museum of Fine Arts was the subject of great festivities held for the grand opening of the building, financed by private capital and State money. The murals themselves are in excellent condition and effectively grace the handsome auditorium. Their meaning is not obvious; in only three of them does Saint Francis appear. One inevitably wonders why the other subjects were selected; who made the decisions as to the subjects; who gave the commission and when; what artists did what for which pictures? What was the impact of the unexpected death of the principal artist before the murals were completed? These questions, but above all the meaning of the cycle of pictures, instigated the author’s research and are responsible for clarifying Santa Fe’s heritage of these extraordinary pictures.

Carl Sheppard taught at the University of Michigan, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota where he was also Chair of the Department. In New Mexico he concentrated on the period of the first two decades of the twentieth century. The University of New Mexico Press published his book “Creator of the Santa Fe Style: Isaac Hamilton Rapp, Architect.” The volume won the Gaspar Perez de Villagra Award for an outstanding publication in 1988. Previously Dr. Sheppard published primarily in the early Medieval field as well as occasionally on subjects of modern art.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-137-1
96 pp.,$16.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-920-2
96 pp.,$9.99


SAM MAVERICK’S TRAIL
The Story of the First American Exploration of the Texas-Mexico Border
By Daniel McNeel Lane, MD, PhD

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After the Mexican Congress ratified the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) was the legal boundary between Texas and Mexico. Under the treaty, the United States was obligated to prevent raids by “hostile tribes” in Mexico whose northern frontier had been ravaged by the raids. This obligation was accepted despite the absence of a wagon road between San Antonio and El Paso or any U.S. Army forts with soldiers stationed along the border. In fact, no Americans, including Texans who claimed the lands, knew where the border or tribal crossings were located. This is the story of the 1848 Hays Expedition, the first U.S. effort to search for a wagon road route along the new border to Chihuahua and El Paso. The original intent was to establish a trade route to Chihuahua but the Expedition’s efforts to explore the new lands proved to be far more difficult. Besides crossing the most rugged terrain in Texas with almost no water sources and starving from lack of food, the Expedition survived the first American exploration of the Texas-Mexico border and provided critical information that led to the settlement of far West Texas and a new route from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.

After earning an MD from UT-Southwestern (Dallas) and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma (Norman), the author was active for many years as a physician/scientist in Oklahoma, primarily in the fields of pediatric oncology and clinical lipidology. While teaching at TTUHSC-Odessa, he first found part of the 1848 Trail in the TransPecos which stimulated him to search for the route of the original expedition. Since leaving academia, Dr. Lane, a descendant of Sam Maverick, has retired to San Antonio where his time is spent writing and pursuing a busy life with his family.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-170-3
168 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61130-501-3
168 pp.,$4.99


SAN GABRIEL DEL YUNGUE
The First Capital of New Mexico
By Florence Hawley Ellis, PhD

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In 1598, the Spanish conquistador, Don Juan de Onate, founded the first capital of New Mexico in an old Indian settlement on the west bank of the Rio Grande river. This colony and others prospered until the Indians revolted, destroying this village which was then lost for centuries. But, in 1959, Florence Hawley Ellis, a famous pioneer anthropologist, was asked by San Juan Indian Pueblo to excate a ruin on their reservation, an unheard of request as Pueblos usually denied permission for excavations on their lands. A badly corroded Spanish archer's helmet had been found by an elder who was digging adobe clay. They wanted to know what they had. Her work returned San Gabriel del Yungue--the Spanish name for the first capital of New Mexico--and its five domed ovens, the first built in this land, to their rightful place on the map. This book is the story of that awakening.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-129-6
96 pp.,$14.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-860-1
96 pp.,$5.99


THE SANTA FE OPERA
An American Pioneer
By Phillip Huscher

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Honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the Santa Fe Opera, this is a portrait of a pioneering American company that is recognized as one of today’s most important international festivals. The Santa Fe Opera was founded with the idea of establishing an American style of opera. From the beginning, the company was forward-looking and modern in spirit, championing young American singers and new operas, and focusing on innovative repertory and theatrically-driven productions. With its stunning open-air theater set in the spectacular landscape of northern New Mexico’s high mountain desert, it has become a place of pilgrimage--a destination for performers and audiences alike. The Santa Fe Opera’s commitment to the operas of our own time was launched the very first season, when it began a close relationship with Igor Stravinsky. Over the years, it has given the American premieres of major landmarks, including Alban Berg’s Lulu, six operas by Richard Strauss, Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, works by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Dmitri Shostakovich, six new operas by Hans Werner Henze, and Kaija Saariaho’s award-winning L’amour de loin. It commissioned Luciano Berio’s avant-garde classic, Opera, and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. Some of the most celebrated singers of the past half century began their careers in Santa Fe, many of them emerging from its ground-breaking apprentice program, which has trained a new generation of opera stars. This is the story of a trailblazing company that, in just fifty years, has changed the musical map of America.

PHILLIP HUSCHER has been the program annotator for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1987. He studied piano at the Aspen School of Music and music history at the University of Chicago. A former music critic, he was a contributing editor for "Chicago" magazine for more than a decade. He has written liner notes for Grammy® Award-winning recordings, scripts for PBS concert telecasts, and program notes for many organizations, including the Santa Fe Opera.

Website: http://www.santafeopera.org

Hardcover:
10 1/2 X 10 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-550-8
200 pp.,$45.00


SANTA FE THEN AND NOW
The Past and the Present in Contrast
By Sheila Morand

Many Illustrations & Maps.

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Through its long history, spanning over 400 years, Santa Fe, New Mexico has faced many challenges: strife between civil and religious officials of the 17th century, the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, a stream of French and Anglo-American merchants via the Santa Fe Trail, and the transfer of sovereignty from Mexico to the United States after the 1846 invasion of U.S. troops. All of these historical developments have left their imprint on the physical appearance of this most fascinating of cities. And there have been inevitable changes in the face of the land and the city. This book takes a look at the “then” of Santa Fe and guides us into the “now” of today.

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Softcover:
10 X 8
ISBN: 978-0-86534-046-6
96 pp.,$19.95


THE SANTA FE TRAIL ACTIVITY BOOK
Projects for Children and Parents
By Walter D. Yoder, Ph.D

Illustrated, games, puzzles, cut-outs, pictures to color.

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The Santa Fe Trail was important in the early development and settlement of the American Southwest. This book offers over 40 pages of comprehensive activities detailing the long and scenic trade route between the Western Territories and the American Mid-west. Through an exciting variety of games, puzzles, identification activities, vocabulary recognition, word searches, time lines, art activities, and more, children learn about the overland trail that crossed the vast prairies between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Independence, Missouri. Parents and teachers will find a wealth of ideas on ways of sharing the exciting history of the Old Santa Fe Trail. The author has illustrated this one-of-a-kind book with dozens of informative black and white pictures. Field tested and educator approved, the book provides a wonderful introduction into the romance and excitement of Western U.S. history.

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Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-217-0
48 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-980-6
48 pp.,$5.99


SANTA FE'S HISTORIC McKENZIE NEIGHBORHOOD
A Contemporary Look at Old Architecture
By Victoria Rogers and Cal Haines

“This book should exist for all Santa Fe neighborhoods. It is a visually stunning guidebook for those who love to discover the hidden architectural treasures of Santa Fe and those wishing to stay and dwell here.” —Pat French, co-founder New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative and French & French Fine Properties

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This book speaks to lovers of art, Santa Fe, historic architecture, guidebooks, and books as art. The imaginative images are combined with historical documentation, illuminating the diverse period-architecture found in a simple crisscross of seven streets. The historic McKenzie Neighborhood is just a five-minute walk from the downtown Plaza, bordered by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on Johnson Street. With its charming buildings, old-fashioned street lamps, bright hollyhocks and leggy branches of wild sunflowers along the sidewalks, and distant sounds of church bells or train horns, it’s genuinely New Mexico, where not hurrying is a way of life. So, pause as you travel through the pages of this book, seeing the past with the eyes of now, and return to its treasures again and again.

Creative collaborators Victoria Rogers and Cal Haines are responsible for the art, much of the writing and the concept for this book. Victoria’s originality and eye for color, composition and refinement combined adeptly with Cal’s technical, improvisational and rhythmic design skills to produce the imagery.

Prior to this time, Victoria Rogers has been best known as an artist for her portfolio of color landscape photography with selections archived in the New Mexico Museum of Art’s historic Jane Reese Williams Collection. Cal Haines is a lifelong jazz drummer whose multidimensional thinking patterns find additional expression through photographic and abstract representations of auditory experiences.

In a short time, the pair has been highly productive in a variety of mediums and garnered recognition in print, on the web and in a documentary film for their works on paper.

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Softcover:
8 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-813-4
60 pp.,$22.95


SANTA FE, 400 YEARS, 400 QUESTIONS
Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610
By Elizabeth West, Editor

“The brain teasers collected in this book encapsulate historical nuggets drawn from New Mexico’s dramatic past. Reading them, New Mexicans and others can test their knowledge of our local history and have fun in the bargain.” —Marc Simmons, historian and author of numerous books about New Mexico history

“From its ancient beginnings to modern times, Santa Fe’s history offers plenty of room for questions, and readers will find challenging, as well as entertaining, answers here.” —Martin W. Aguilar, former governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo

“The advantage to the nonchronological approach is that it reveals surprises as the reader turns the pages. The book presents scholarly information drawn from archives and published works as well as questions from visitors and recent arrivals to the City Different, and anecdotes from individuals whose families have been here for generations.” —From the introduction by Adrian Bustamante, ethnohistorian and retired Southwest Studies professor

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This question-and-answer book about Santa Fe contains 400 reminders of what is known and what is sometimes forgotten or misunderstood about a city that was founded more than four hundred years ago. Not a traditional history book, this group of questions is presented in an apparently random order, and the answers occasionally meander off topic, as if part of a casual conversation. What you find here will stimulate your curiosity and invite debate about what history is. References follow each entry.

Black-and-white illustrations, photographs, maps, an index, and study guides further enliven this unconventional approach. A compilation of four hundred questions cannot attempt to encompass all of Santa Fe’s history, but the bibliography extends an invitation to read more and connect to different topics. Also included is a game (“What Is It?”) scattered throughout the text.

Elizabeth West, the editor of this book, is a newcomer to Santa Fe, having arrived in 1966. Her first job in Santa Fe was as a waitress, working as a modern-day version of a “Harvey Girl” at La Fonda. She was born in Boston, but her children and grandchildren were born in Santa Fe. She worked at the Santa Fe Public Library off and on for over twenty-five years. During 2010 she served on the History Task Force for the Santa Fe 400th Committee for the Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Santa Fe.

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Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-875-2
374 pp.,$40.00

Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-876-9
374 pp.,$30.00


SANTA FE, ITS 400TH YEAR
Exploring the Past, Defining the Future
By Rob Dean, Editor

The story of Santa Fe, New Mexico on the occasion of its 400th anniversary commemoration in 2010 with 12 chapters, many illustrations, timelines, index, detailed bibliography, and Study Guide for teachers and students.

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The timeline of American history has always swept through Santa Fe, New Mexico. Settled by ancient peoples, explored by conquistadors, conquered by the U.S. cavalry, Santa Fe owns a story that stretches from the talking drums of the Pueblos to the high math of complexity theory pioneered at the Santa Fe Institute. This fresh presentation, 400 years after the Spanish founded the town in 1610, presents the full arc of Santa Fe’s story that sifts through its long, complex, thrilling history.

From the moment of first contact between the explorers and the native peoples, Santa Fe became a crossroads, a place of accommodations and clashes. Faith defined, sustained, and liberated the people. All the while, scoundrels and abusers of power elbowed their way into civic life. And who should piece together that story of the country’s oldest capital city? The Santa Fe New Mexican, the oldest newspaper in the American West, walking side by side with the people of Santa Fe for 160 years—a long life by the standards of publishing though merely a short span in Santa Fe’s timeless drama.

This book was compiled from a series that appeared monthly in The Santa Fe New Mexican in honor of the city’s 400th anniversary commemoration in 2010. It illuminates Santa Fe’s enduring promise to cling to roots that are bottomless and to leap into a future that is boundless.

Over 400 pages, many illustrations, timelines, index, and detailed bibliographies. Included is a Study Guide for teachers, students, and anyone interested in Santa Fe and the American Southwest.

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Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-795-3
386 pp.,$39.95

Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-796-0
386 pp.,$29.95


SANTOS OF SPANISH NEW MEXICO
A Coloring Book
By Al Chapman, Compiler and Illustrator

Illustrated, English/Spanish

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The mystery. The rich heritage. The haunting sorrow and mesmerizing beauty captured in the solemn eyes of the saints. Explore the world of the Northern New Mexican Santo in this coloring book unlike any other. Santos of Spanish New Mexico is a perfect introduction for both young and old into the art of carving and painting images of saints that represent the care and love of the community that the Santero (maker of saint images) comes from. The Santero is a self-taught craftsman who utilizes handmade tools, pine, aspen, cedar or cottonwood root to fashion representations, figurines, and objects in honor of the patron deities brought to the New World by their ancestors during the late 16th century. Learn a little about the saints and the various depictions you can recognize anywhere throughout Northern New Mexico. A tradition handed down from generation to generation, the art of making Santos is still very much alive and thriving in this special region of the world. Care has been taken to be faithful to the artistic details of the original works. Like the folk art he has endeavored to reproduce, Al Chapman’s drawings in this book are simple and sincere.

This book is a good companion to What is a New Mexico Santo? by Eluid Levi Martinez and Santos, A Coloring Book of New Mexico Saints by Marie Romero Cash, both from Sunstone Press.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=9_FweoIvZMcC

Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-238-5
32 pp.,$14.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-911-0
32 pp.,$6.99


SHERIFF PAT GARRETT'S LAST DAYS
The Story of the Man Who Killed Billy the Kid
By Colin Rickards

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Patrick Floyd Garrett, widely known as “Pat,” (1850-1908) had tracked down and killed the outlaw Billy the Kid but also became a victim of the tangled politics of the time. He has been maligned by writers, libeled by Hollywood and deprecated by many of his contemporaries. But despite them, all his deeds retain for him a niche in the gallery of fast shooting peace officers who helped to bring law and order to the frontier West. When he died, there was rejoicing in some quarters and relief in others--as might be expected in the case of a controversial figure. There was also genuine and profound sorrow in the rugged hearts of many in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona, as well as farther afield, and the circumstances surrounding his death, ostensibly at the hands of a most unlikely cowboy named Wayne Brazel, have puzzled and intrigued historians since that spring day in 1908 when he was shot to death and left lying in a sand drift on a lonely road.

But was Pat Garrett shot by Wayne Brazel, or hired killer Jim Miller? Brazel confessed, but few believed his story and he was acquitted. Colin Rickards’ book sheds light on this unhappy affair which still remains a source of controversy.

Colin Rickards has done extensive research on Pat Garrett including checking official court records, investigating contemporary accounts and conducting interviews. He separates fact from fantasy in this meticulously documented account. An authority on frontier history, the author has written numerous articles and books on the Old West. A journalist by profession, Rickards has applied the same techniques to ferreting out the true stories of life and death adventures in western history.

More information on this controversial period in American Southwestern history, the heroes and the villains can be found in these and other Sunstone Press books: Alias Billy the Kid by Donald Cline and Sheriff William Brady by Donald R. Lavash.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-079-4
96 pp.,$8.95


SHERIFF WILLIAM BRADY
Tragic Hero Of The Lincoln County War
By Donald R. Lavash

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Was Sheriff William Brady a willing pawn in the hands of a crooked political fation or was he an honest man dedicated to law and order? After his extensive research, Donal R. Lavash thinks Brady deserves a more realistic evaluation of his part in the Lincoln County Was in New Mexico.

In 1873, crime and violence were rampant in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Land fraud, cattle and horse stealing were common. Outlaws, including Billy the Kid, swarmed in to join hands with dishonest citizens. Although Brady tried to stem the frowing tide of anarachy, his efforts ended when he was ambused by Billy the Kid and his gang.

This book is not only a biography of a man but the history of an era in the American Southwest. More information on this controversial period will be found in these other Sunstone Press books: “Alias Billy the Kid” by Donald Cline, “Sheriff Pat Garrett’s Last Days” by Colin Rickards, “The Death of Billy the Kid” by John William Poe, “The Real Billy the Kid” by Miguel Antonio Otero, “Stalking Billy the Kid” by Marc Simmons, “The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid” by Pat Garrett, “Kit Carson’s Own Story of His Life” by Blanche Grant, and “Dynamite and Six-Shooter” by Jeff Burton.

Donald R. Lavash was a historian on the staff of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives and was a specialist in American Southwest history. An author of numerous articles and the book, “A Journey Through New Mexico History” also published by Sunstone Press, he received his Ph.D. from the International Institute for Advanced Studies.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-064-0
128 pp.,$16.95


SILVIO, CONGRESSMAN FOR EVERYONE
A Biographical Portrait of Silvio O. Conte
By Peter E. Lynch

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Every now and then someone with special qualities comes along and touches the lives of many people. Such a person was Congressman Silvio O. Conte who represented Western Massachusetts from 1959 until 1991. His service was marked by a rare combination of humanity, passion and humor. He gracefully bridged the gap between Washington’s Beltway and the small towns and cities of the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts. Although always a member of the minority party, his hard work and ability to compromise allowed him to be a designer and strong supporter of many programs to improve education, environment, medical research and infrastructure. Despite long service in the Republican leadership and its many responsibilities in Washington, Silvio Conte managed to build a strong personal connection with his constituents. He was deeply loved and admired by those whom he represented. This book is a brief portrait to give the reader a little of the flavor of this great American political figure who brought to life the Founding Fathers’ goal of giving good representation to the people.

Peter E. Lynch is a graduate of Brown University and a career railroader who worked with Congressman Conte on a railroad rehabilitation project.

“Sil Conte epitomized the soul of Congressional politics--loud, boisterous, intense, tough and just plain fun.” —Former U.S. Representative Bob Livingston (R - LA), Former Chairman, House Appropriations Committee

“A leader among leaders whose humor literally lit up the House of Representatives. Sil brought passion, diligence and a sense of joy to the battlefield of politics and essentially got the result he sought. Sil’s bipartisan, jovial spirit is sorely missed today in the halls of Congress.” —Former Congressman Joseph Moakley, Massachusetts

“Silvio became one of my best friends as we served over thirty years together in the Congress. This book beautifully chronicles his life and works and demonstrates what joy there can be in serving one’s constituents and one’s country.” —Former Republican House Leader Robert H. Michel

“With this book, Pete Lynch joins the chroniclers of great Americans. He has captured the warmth, wit, and political savvy of Silvio Conte, with whom I was privileged to serve in the House of Representatives. This book is a delight and deserves a wide audience.” —Former Connecticut Representative Nancy L. Johnson

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Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-256-9
160 pp.,$24.95

Softcover:
ISBN: 978-1-63293-147-4
160 pp.,$19.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-871-7
160 pp.,$9.99


SKY DETERMINES
An Interpretation of the Southwest
By Ross Calvin

New Foreword by Ron Hamm, Author of “Ross Calvin: Interpreter of the American Southwest”

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Desert environment leaves its stark impress upon plants, animals, and men. And Ross Calvin tells the beautifully strange story of New Mexico—its ancient culture, the coming of the Spanish friars, the Spanish occupation, pueblo life, the Apaches and their long warfare with the whites, cattle and sheep raising and cowboys and outlaws, and the old trails, and the coming of the railroads—treating all these in the light of the physical features and physical conditions of the country. Calvin knew New Mexico intimately, and he writes of his observations and experiences in his rides and tramps through the region. His novel point of view and material afford a unique approach to the arid American Southwest. The journalist Ernie Pyle, who lived in Albuquerque with his wife for a period in 1942, stated that Calvin’s book was “our Southwestern Bible,” and the famed Western librarian and critic Lawrence Clark Powell gave his imprimatur when he called it the “finest single book about New Mexico.” This new edition includes a foreword by Ron Hamm, author of the biography Ross Calvin: Interpreter of the American Southwest. Many of the books listed in the Bibliography are in new editions from Sunstone Press in its Southwest Heritage Series.

Ross Calvin was born in Illinois in 1889, graduated from Indiana’s DePauw University in 1911, and went on to Harvard where he got his doctorate in English. In 1920-21 he attended the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Poor health forced him west shortly thereafter, and from 1927 to 1942 he served as an Episcopal priest at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Silver City, New Mexico. During his off hours, Calvin hiked the surrounding country and eventually traveled all over his adopted state. He loved talking to people—ranchers, cowboys, miners, old-timers, biologists, historians, Pueblo Indians, Hispanic farmers—and each one of these conversations further buttressed his growing conviction that climate dictated everything in New Mexico. When not roaming the countryside or tending his congregants, he wrote for religious and scholarly journals and also produced four books, the best known of which are Sky Determines (1934) and River of the Sun: Stories of the Storied Gila (1946). He died in 1970.

“Calvin has a seeing eye. Not only one which gets a comprehensive view of a vegetable and animal life that climbs from sub-tropical to sub-Arctic, and of human types from pre-Pueblo to late tourist-camp; but the sort of an eye too which sees little animal tracks, notes plants and birds and clouds, and can relate these things to the all-embracing sky which is his theme. He remembers the harsh cut of dust and the fresh consolation of fragrant rain, he knows what it is to come thirsty to a water hole.” —Erna Fergusson, The New Mexico Quarterly


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SMOKEY BEAR AND THE GREAT WILDERNESS
Selected Essays and Memoirs
By Elliott S. Barker

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In 1950, after a fire raged through an area in south-central New Mexico, a small bear cub was found clinging to a pine tree. The cub had suffered severe burns, and the fire fighters who rescued him were amazed that he could have survived such intense heat. So tiny he fit into a shoe box, the cub was taken to a veterinarian in Santa Fe and responded well to treatment. In time, fully recovered, he became a popular character in schools and social functions.

Through the effort of Elliott S. Barker and others, the Bear was named Smokey and in time became a famous national symbol for forest fire prevention and wildlife conservation, eventually contributing to an increased awareness of the need for these measures.

Also included in this book are stories about the author’s experiences as Forest Supervisor, State Game Warden, and as Manager and Predator Warden for Vermejo Park in New Mexico. J. Frank Dobie said: “Barker writes exactly as he talks, and his talk is genuine. He talks of deer, elk, grizzlies, and mountain lions, and of people—women as well as men—who belong to the land.” Barker was of pioneer stock, his parents having arrived in Sapello, New Mexico in a covered wagon and were among the early settlers of the Northern New Mexico wilderness. He was the author of many books.

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SONGS OF THE TEWA
American Indian Home Songs, Scared Chants, Ceremonial Songs, Magic Songs and Prayers
By Herbert Joseph Spinden, PhD

Appendix with original Tewa texts, photographs, and a preface by Alice Marriott.

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For centuries the American Indian literary tradition was primarily an oral one. Since written languages were rare among native North and south American cultures, all literature—myth, legend, story, poetry—was passed along the generations through memory and the spoken word. Herbert Joseph Spinden collected these at a time—around 1933—when the Indian poetic voice was a nameless one. The songs included here are of that period and his translations of Tewa ritual and secular songs are remarkable for their sensitivity to and consonance with Tewa (Pueblo) thought. This copyrighted edition includes an early introductory essay and scholarly notes by Dr. Spinden, early photographs of the Tewa from the collection of Mrs. Spinden, and a preface by Alice Marriott.


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THE SOUND OF DRUMS
A Memoir of Lloyd Kiva New
By Lloyd Kiva New, Edited by Ryan S. Flahive

“…an important book about a visionary artist who literally transformed the landscape of Native American art in the American Southwest.” —Hon. Wilma Mankiller

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In a series of personal anecdotes, supplemented by photographs, essays, and manuscripts, The Sound of Drums is a memoir of celebrated Cherokee artist, fashion designer, and educator Lloyd Kiva New (1916–2002). An important figure in Native American art, design, and pedagogy, New inspired thousands of artists and students during his career. Humble beginnings in rural Oklahoma spawned an obsession with nature and a connection to his Cherokee roots—a connection he sought to strengthen throughout his life, The Sound of Drums.

Lloyd Kiva New’s life was one of the Greatest Generation—he experienced first-hand the Great Depression, the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and the struggles of a Native man in an assimilationist society. The Sound of Drums is the words of a man who helped put Scottsdale, Arizona on the map as an arts and crafts center and of a successful commercial artist who sacrificed fame and fortune to teach art and culture to Native youth at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The story of Lloyd Kiva New is one of inspiration, creativity, and a life-long search for meaning.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-100-9
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SOUNDS AND SIGHTS OF TAOS VALLEY
By Helen G. Blumenschein

Helen G. Blumenschein, daughter of artist Ernest L. Blumenschein, and an artist in her own right was a chronicler of her time. In this book, she records and describes Taos, New Mexico as it was in 1972. Long an art colony, Taos had attracted many artists. By 1915 Joseph Henry Sharp, E. Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus and W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton had moved to Taos and with Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Phillips they formed the Taos Society of Artists. The six founding members were known as the “Taos Six.”

Helen grew up in this environment and recorded her impressions of Taos and the Taos Valley using “sounds” as an opening theme for this book. She then offers a personal glimpse into her world through a brief history of Taos, the archaeology of the area, and many illustrations including including sketches of such luminaries as Joseph Henry Sharp, Oscar E. Berninghaus, Frieda Lawrence, Dorothy Brett, Andrew Dasburg, Frank Waters, and Spud Johnson.

In 1962, Helen gave the family’s home and furnishings as a gift to the community of Taos and the Kit Carson Historic Museums (now the Taos Historic Museums). The museum celebrates the lives and art of Ernest L. Blumenschein, Mary Shepherd Greene Blumenschein and Helen. It also commemorates the formation of the Taos Society of Artists and the establishing of Taos as a world-renowned art colony.

Helen Blumenschein’s work was exhibited extensively during her lifetime, with shows in many esteemed institutions, including the New York World’s Fair, the National Academy of Design, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Carnegie Institute, and the Paris Salon. To this day, Helen’s works can be seen in the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum Association, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Newark Public Library, and the Carnegie Institute.

Includes bibliography and map of the Taos Valley and vicinity.


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SOUTHWESTERN ORNAMENTATION AND DESIGN
The Architecture and Designs Of John Gaw Meem
By Anne Taylor, PhD

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The archives of the Meem Room in Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque contain a wealth of drawings done by one of New Mexico’s most renowned architects, John Gaw Meem. Meem’s legacy is in part his contribution to the preservation and renewal of historic American Southwestern architecture. Much of the indigenous building and craft work which inspired Meem is gone now, but his work remains as our model for historic architectural details and design. This book lauds Meem’s substantial use of crafted ornamentation and details such as gates, doors, corbels, fireplaces, metal work, light fixtures, etc., and shows his sensitivity to the cultural environment he in turn contributed so much to as an example for homeowners, builders, and designers everywhere.

Anne Taylor, PhD, is a University of New Mexico Regents professor and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) distinguished Professor Emerita. She was a professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico, and is known internationally for her research on physical environments and their effects on learning and behavior, and the teaching of architecture and design to children. Taylor is the author of Linking Architecture and Education: Sustainable Design of Learning Environments and many journal articles on the same subject. Southwestern Ornamentation and Design can be used by teachers, architects and others to explore with their students symbolic architecture and design thinking in a unique part of the United States.

“Anne Taylor offers a direct and knowledgeable analytical survey of one of New Mexico's most renowned architects. Black-and-white photographs drawn from the archives of the Meem Room in Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico help present John Meem's bold and visionary ideas to offer inspiration in their own right. A very highly recommended addition to professional and academic Architectural Studies collections.” —Midwest Book Review

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8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-069-5
104 pp.,$19.95


SPANISH AMERICAN MUSIC IN NEW MEXICO, THE WPA ERA
Folk Songs, Dance Tunes, Singing Games, and Guitar Arrangements
By James Clois Smith, Jr., Editor

“An absolutely fascinating and very special ‘time-lost’ treasure, this is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library American Music History collections in general, and Hispanic/American music supplemental studies reading lists in particular.” —The Midwest Book Review

In 1933, newly elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt summoned ideas that might allay the financial calamity that characterized the Great Depression of the 1930s. Among the myriad programs Roosevelt initiated was the WPA, the Works Progress Administration (later re-named the Work Projects Administration) that was created to provide meaningful work to the unemployed millions throughout America. Thanks to New Mexico Governor Clyde Tingley, a masterful politician who wended his way into Roosevelt’s good graces, New Mexico became the recipient of a significant proportion of federal WPA funding that supported thousands of otherwise unemployed men and women. One of the great programs to emerge was in support of the arts, and many painters, writers and musicians were employed to pursue their respective art forms.

Helen Chandler Ryan was appointed director of the Federal Music Project (FMP) in New Mexico that lasted from 1936 to 1943. In 1939, it was re-named the New Mexico Music Project, and by 1942, the name was changed yet again to War Services Program—Music Phase. The focus of this project was “music education, performance, and preserving of local musical heritage, especially Hispanic [Hispano] folk music.” Under Ryan’s direction and that of her co-administrators, musicians and folklorists collected songs and other material that otherwise might have been lost.

The transcribed folk songs were mimeographed and distributed to teachers who taught both singers and instrumentalists who then presented the music in public performances. This music project not only funded fieldworkers, it also brought music to the people of the villages of New Mexico in a time when little else was available to lift the hearts of la gente.

In this book, materials collected between 1936 and 1941 are assembled in five separate units. Units 1, 2, and 3 are comprised of a series of Hispano folk songs with transcribed melodies and English translations of lyrics. Unit 4 is a collection of thirty Hispano dance songs, some of which remain popular even now. Unit 5 is entitled “Guitar Arrangements of Spanish American Folk Songs.”

We are fortunate to have this taste of Hispano music of New Mexico from the early twentieth century now available to all. It is integral and vital to the repertoire of musical lore that greatly enhances New Mexico’s heritage.

On the Cover: “Leisure Hour” by Joseph Fleck from A More Abundant Life, New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico by Jacqueline Hoefer, published by Sunstone Press.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-180-1
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THE SPANISH ARCHIVES OF NEW MEXICO, VOLUME ONE
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

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In what follows can be found the doors to a house of words and stories. This house of words and stories is the Archive of New Mexico and the doors are each of the documents contained within it. Like any house, New Mexico’s archive has a tale of its own origin and a complex history. Although its walls have changed many times, its doors and the encounters with those doors hold stories known and told and others not yet revealed.

In the Archives, there are thousands of doors (4,481) that open to a time of kings and popes, of inquisition and revolution. “These archives,” writes Ralph Emerson Twitchell, “are by far the most valuable and interesting of any in the Southwest.” Many of these documents were given a number by Twitchell, small stickers that were appended to the first page of each document, an act of heresy to archivists and yet these stickers have now become part of the artifact. These are the doors that Ralph Emerson Twitchell opened at the dawn of the 20th century with a key that has served scholars, policy-makers, and activists for generations. In 1914 Twitchell published in two volumes The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, the first calendar and guide to the documents from the Spanish colonial period.

Volume One of the two volumes focuses on the collection known as the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, or SANM I, an appellation granted because of Twitchell’s original compilation and description of the 1,384 documents identified in the first volume of his series. The Spanish Archives of New Mexico was assembled by the Surveyor General of New Mexico (1854-1891) and the Court of Private Land Claims (1891-1904). The collection consists of civil land records of the Spanish period governments of New Mexico and materials created by the Surveyor General and Court of Private Land Claims during the process of adjudication. It includes the original Spanish colonial petitions for land grants, land conveyances, wills, mine registers, records books, journals, dockets, reports, minutes, letters, and a variety of other legal documents.

Each of these documents tell a story, sometimes many stories. The bulk of the records accentuate the amazingly dynamic nature of land grant and settlement policies. While the documents reveal the broad sweep of community settlement and its reverse effect, hundreds of last wills and testaments are included in these records, that are scripted in the most eloquent and spiritual tone at the passing of individuals into death. These testaments also reveal a legacy of what colonists owned and bequeathed to the next generations.

Most of the documents are about the geographic, political and cultural mapping of New Mexico, but many reflect the stories of that which is owned both in terms of commodities and human lives. Archives inevitably, and these archives more than most, help to shape current debates about dispossession, the colonial past, and the postcolonial future of New Mexico. For this reason, the task of understanding the role of archives, archival documents, and the kinds of stories that emanate from them has never been more urgent.

Let this effort and the key provided by Twitchell in his two volumes open the doors wide for knowledge to be useful today and tomorrow. --From the Foreword by Estevan Rael-Gálvez, New Mexico State Historian

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-683-3
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ISBN: 978-0-86534-647-5
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THE SPANISH ARCHIVES OF NEW MEXICO, VOLUME TWO
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

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In what follows can be found the doors to a house of words and stories. This house of words and stories is the Archive of New Mexico and the doors are each of the documents contained within it. Like any house, New Mexico’s archive has a tale of its own origin and a complex history. Although its walls have changed many times, its doors and the encounters with those doors hold stories known and told and others not yet revealed.

In the Archives, there are thousands of doors (4,481) that open to a time of kings and popes, of inquisition and revolution. “These archives,” writes Ralph Emerson Twitchell, “are by far the most valuable and interesting of any in the Southwest.” Many of these documents were given a number by Twitchell, small stickers that were appended to the first page of each document, an act of heresy to archivists and yet these stickers have now become part of the artifact. These are the doors that Ralph Emerson Twitchell opened at the dawn of the 20th century with a key that has served scholars, policy-makers, and activists for generations. In 1914 Twitchell published in two volumes The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, the first calendar and guide to the documents from the Spanish colonial period.

Volume Two of the two volumes focuses on the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series II, or SANM II. These 3,087 documents consist of administrative, civil, military, and ecclesiastical records of the Spanish colonial government in New Mexico, 1621-1821. The materials span a broad range of subjects, revealing information about such topics as domestic relations, political intrigue, crime and punishment, material culture, the Camino Real, relations between Spanish settlers and indigenous peoples, the intrusion of Anglo-Americans, and the growing unrest that resulted in Mexico's independence from Spain in 1821.

As is the case with Volume One, these documents tell many stories. They reflect, for example, the creation and maintenance of colonial society in New Mexico; itself founded upon the casting and construction of colonizing categories. Decisions made by popes, kings and viceroys thousands of miles away from New Mexico defined the lives of everyday citizens, as did the reports of governors and clergy sent back to their superiors. They represent the history of imperial power, conquest, and hegemony.

Indeed, though the stories of indigenous people and women can be found in these documents, it may be fair to assume that not a single one of them was actually scripted by a woman or an American Indian during that time period. But there is another silence in this particular collection and series that is telling. Few pre-Revolt (1680) documents are contained in this collection. While the original colonial archive may well have contained thousands of documents that predate the European settlement of New Mexico in 1598, with the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680, all but four of those documents were destroyed. For historians, the tragedy cannot be calculated. Nevertheless, this absence and silence is important in its own right and is a part of the story, told and imagined.

Let this effort and the key provided by Twitchell in his two volumes open the doors wide for knowledge to be useful today and tomorrow. --From the Foreword by Estevan Rael-Gálvez, New Mexico State Historian

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SPANISH COLONIAL FURNITURE
By Arthur Durward Williams

This book details the outgrowth of years of study of Spanish-American colonial furniture as it was developed in the vast territory now included in the states of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. In addition to a detailed explanation of the styles of furniture it contains designs of and directions for making fifty-seven pieces which are adaptations of authentic Spanish models. Projects cover a wide range, embracing trays, tables, desks, chairs, dressing tables, bookcases, benches, trasteros and amacens, the typical Spanish cabinets. Their presentations are comprehensive and simple, including accurate working drawings, photographs, a brief description of process, and a list of materials. The projects will give satisfaction both in making and in daily use, as well as helping perpetuate early American culture. There are elements of romance and beauty in this furniture which deserve to be widely used and enjoyed.

Arthur Durward Williams was a teacher in Native American and other schools for many years. As a result of his shop teaching, he recognized the need for projects for class use which are different and which have a definite place not only in the home but also in the history of the United States. His work brought him close to the finest examples of furniture in the American Southwest.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-293-8
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SPANISH COLONIAL LIVES
Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1705–1774
By Linda Tigges, Editor

A Companion in Part to "The Spanish Archives of New Mexico" by Ralph Emerson Twitchell

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On their return to New Mexico from El Paso after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, the New Mexican settlers were confronted with continuous raids by hostile Indian tribes, disease and an inhospitable landscape. In spite of this, in the early and mid-eighteenth century, the New Mexicans went about their daily lives as best they could, as shown in original documents from the time. The documents show them making deals, traveling around the countryside and to and from El Paso and Mexico City, complaining about and arguing with each other, holding festivals, and making plans for the future of their children. It also shows them interacting with the presidio soldiers, the Franciscan friars and Inquisition officials, El Paso and Chihuahua merchants, the occasional Frenchman, and their Pueblo Indian allies. Because many of the documents include oral testimony, we are able to read what they had to say, sometimes angry, asking for help, or giving excuses for their behavior, as written down by a scribe at the time. This book includes fifty-four original handwritten documents from the early and mid-eighteenth century. Most of the original documents are located in the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, although some are from the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, the Archivo General de la Nacion in Mexico City, and elsewhere. They were selected for their description of Spanish Colonial life, of interest to the many descendants of the characters that appear in them, and because they tell a good story. A translation and transcription of each document is included as well as a synopsis, background notes, and biographical notes. They can be considered a companion, in part, to Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s 1914 two volumes, The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, summarizing the documents of the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, now available in new editions from Sunstone Press.

LINDA TIGGES, PhD, is a retired land planner. While working in the City of Santa Fe in the 1980s and 1990s, she assisted in drafting and staffing the City’s Archaeological Review ordinance, prepared and worked on State Historic Preservation grants and prepared City publications on architectural history and Spanish Colonial Santa Fe. She is a New Mexico certified historian with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. Written material includes archival research on historic properties, published work on the Santa Fe presidio in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610, from Sunstone Press, as well as articles for the New Mexico Historical Review and the New Mexico Genealogical Society Journal. Her special interest is early and mid-eighteenth century Spanish Colonial documents. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Iowa State University and the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Administration from Iowa State University.

J. RICHARD SALAZAR retired from the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in 1996 as Director of the Archival Services Division of that agency. Since that time he has been conducting historical research for the various acequia associations of northern New Mexico in their attempt to determine their acequia priority dates. He has worked with New Mexico’s archival documents, including the land grant records, for over forty years.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-970-4
694 pp.,$65.00

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-971-1
694 pp.,$45.00

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SPANISH COLONIAL WOMEN AND THE LAW: COMPLAINTS, LAWSUITS, AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1697–1749
By Linda Tigges, Editor and J. Richard Salazar, Translator

“This is an important work from Linda Tigges and Richard Salazar dealing with early eighteenth century women and the law. However their court cases were decided, these Spanish Colonial women were successful in the legacy they left for future generations. If you are a twelfth generation New Mexican or a newcomer, you will find this work priceless.” —Henrietta Martinez Christmas

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Women in early 18th century Spanish Colonial New Mexico had rights and privileges under Spanish law that were not enjoyed by other women in North America until the late 19th and early 20th century. Women were considered separate entities under the law and valuable members of Spanish society. As such, they could own property, inherit in their own name, and act as court witnesses. In particular they could make accusations and denunciations to the local alcalde mayor and governor, which they frequently did.

The documents in this book show that Spanish Colonial women were aware of their rights and took advantage of them to assert themselves in the struggling communities of the New Mexican frontier. In the documents, the women are shown making complaints of theft, physical and verbal abuse by their husbands or other women, and of non-payment of dowries or other inheritance. Other documents are included showing men accusing women of misrepresenting property ownership and dowry payments and of adultery and slander.

Spain was a legalistic society and both women and men used the courts to settle even minor matters. Because the court proceedings were written down by a scribe and stored in the archives, many documents still exist. From these, thirty-one have been selected allowing us to hear the words of some outspoken Spanish women and the sometimes angry men, speaking their minds in court about their spouses, lovers of their spouses, children, and relatives, as well as their land, livestock and expected inheritance. The documents transcribed and translated in this book are a small number of the existing documents held in Santa Fe at the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, at the Bancroft Library at University of California, the Archivo General de la Nacion in Mexico City, and elsewhere. A synopsis, editor’s notes, maps, and biographical notes are provided. The material can be considered a companion, in part, to Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s 1914 two volumes, The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, available in new editions from Sunstone Press.

Linda Tigges, PhD, is a retired land planner. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked with the City of Santa Fe’s Archaeological Review Committee and the Historic Design Review Board and prepared City publications on architectural history and Spanish Colonial Santa Fe. She is a New Mexico certified historian with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. She is also the editor of Spanish Colonial Lives, Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1705–1774. Written material includes archival research on Santa Fe historic properties, published work on the Santa Fe presidio in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610, from Sunstone Press, as well as articles for various journals and publications.

J. Richard Salazar retired from the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in 1996 as Director of the Archival Services Division of that agency. Since that time he has been conducting historical research for the various acequia associations of northern New Mexico in their attempts to determine their acequia priority dates. He has worked with New Mexico’s archival documents, including the land grant records, for over forty years. He was the transcriber and translator for Spanish Colonial Lives, Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1704–1774. He was born and brought up in northern New Mexico.

Website: http://lindatigges.com

Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-105-4
534 pp.,$60.00

Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-104-7
534 pp.,$40.00


SPANISH COLONIAL WOMEN AND THE LAW: COMPLAINTS, LAWSUITS, AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (ENGLISH EDITION)
Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1697–1749
By Linda Tigges, Editor and J. Richard Salazar, Translator

Selected as Best Southwest History Book of 2017 by the New Mexico State Library.

“This is an important work from Linda Tigges and Richard Salazar dealing with early eighteenth century women and the law. However their court cases were decided, these Spanish Colonial women were successful in the legacy they left for future generations. If you are a twelfth generation New Mexican or a newcomer, you will find this work priceless.” —Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Order from Sunstone Press: (800) 243-5644

Women in early 18th century Spanish Colonial New Mexico had rights and privileges under Spanish law that were not enjoyed by other women in North America until the late 19th and early 20th century. Women were considered separate entities under the law and valuable members of Spanish society. As such, they could own property, inherit in their own name, and act as court witnesses. In particular they could make accusations and denunciations to the local alcalde mayor and governor, which they frequently did. The documents in this book show that Spanish Colonial women were aware of their rights and took advantage of them to assert themselves in the struggling communities of the New Mexican frontier. In the documents, the women are shown making complaints of theft, physical and verbal abuse by their husbands or other women, and of non-payment of dowries or other inheritance. Other documents are included showing men accusing women of misrepresenting property ownership and dowry payments and of adultery and slander. Spain was a legalistic society and both women and men used the courts to settle even minor matters. Because the court proceedings were written down by a scribe and stored in the archives, many documents still exist. From these, thirty-one have been selected allowing us to hear the words of some outspoken Spanish women and the sometimes angry men, speaking their minds in court about their spouses, lovers of their spouses, children, and relatives, as well as their land, livestock and expected inheritance. The documents translated into English in this book are a small number of the existing documents held in Santa Fe at the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, at the Bancroft Library at University of California, the Archivo General de la Nacion in Mexico City, and elsewhere. A synopsis, editor’s notes, maps, and biographical notes are provided. The material can be considered a companion, in part, to Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s 1914 two volumes, The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, available in new editions from Sunstone Press. Sunstone Press has also published a Spanish/English edition in both hardcover and softcover.

Linda Tigges, PhD, is a retired land planner. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked with the City of Santa Fe’s Archaeological Review Committee and the Historic Design Review Board and prepared City publications on architectural history and Spanish Colonial Santa Fe. She is a New Mexico certified historian with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. She is also the editor of Spanish Colonial Lives, Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1705–1774. Written material includes archival research on Santa Fe historic properties, published work on the Santa Fe presidio in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610, from Sunstone Press, as well as articles for various journals and publications.

J. Richard Salazar retired from the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in 1996 as Director of the Archival Services Division of that agency. Since that time he has been conducting historical research for the various acequia associations of northern New Mexico in their attempts to determine their acequia priority dates. He has worked with New Mexico’s archival documents, including the land grant records, for over forty years. He was the transcriber and translator for Spanish Colonial Lives, Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1704–1774. He was born and brought up in northern New Mexico.

Website: http://lindatigges.com

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-186-3
374 pp.,$25.00


SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
Geology/Ancient Eras and Prehistoric People/Hiking Through Time
By Tom Prisciantelli

SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST is filled from cover to cover with a descriptive text which is enhanced with black-and-white photographs, forming a superb basis for an adventurous hiker's journey through the eras. From ancient sites once inhabited by Paleo-Indians millennia ago, to geological treasure troves that bespeak the history of the Earth itself, SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST is an impressive and confidently recommended guide for armchair travelers and on-site visitors, as well as an unusual and invaluable contribution to Native American Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists." (THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW)

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Tom Prisciantelli spent many years driving and researching the American Southwest and documenting those geologic and archaeological facts he found most interesting and accessible via hiking trails. His first exposure to geology was in the mid-1960s while attending college in New Mexico where he graduated. After a two-year stint in the Army, he moved back and forth between the East Coast and Southwest. Having spent most of his working life in the computer field, he started his own contracting business, eventually leaving it in order to actualize his dream—to travel and learn about the land. This book is a result of that dream and the desire to share it.

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SPUD JOHNSON & LAUGHING HORSE
By Sharyn R. Udall

The story of editor/poet/journalist/diarist and printer Walter Willard “Spud” Johnson.

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Spud Johnson and Laughing Horse is a portrait of the soul of a generation of artists and writers, the story of the men and women who made New Mexico a center of regional American literature, criticism and visual arts in the 1920s and 30s. Sharyn Udall’s lively account of the quirky editor, poet, journalist, diarist and printer Walter Willard “Spud” Johnson focuses especially on brilliant and diverse artists--D. H. Lawrence, Mary Austin, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Witter Bynner, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Marin among them--whom he befriended and published. Together they helped to create a new voice for the Southwest, fusing high art and low, repudiating the derivative cultural tradition of their predecessors, and bringing the Native American and Hispanic cultural heritage to the attention of the American mainstream.

Sharyn Udall is an Art Historian, author, and independent curator who has written, taught and lectured widely on the art of the American Southwest. She takes a special interest in women in the visual arts, in the transnational arts of the Americas, and in interdisciplinary associations among artists and writers. She has lived in the Southwest for most of her adult life and has taught Art History at the University of New Mexico and the College of Santa Fe.

Dr. Udall’s books include Modernist Painting in New Mexico; Spud Johnson and Laughing Horse; Inside Looking Out: The Life and Art of Gina Knee; Contested Terrain: Myth and Meaning in Southwest Art; O’Keeffe and Texas; and most recently a book and traveling exhibition on three women artists of North America entitled Carr, O’Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own. Her upcoming book project is American Art and Dance: A Long Embrace, which looks at the many ways visual artists have helped to define and express American culture through images of the dance.

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STALKING BILLY THE KID
Brief Sketches of a Short Life
By Marc Simmons

“Thanks to the discerning Simmons, this careful collection offers rare glimpses of chance encounters with the young outlaw in Territorial New Mexico’s vast expanses, as recalled by folks who had little to gain from the recollections. Young Billy on the lam comes across as engaging, polite, well-mannered and brandishing a six-shooter with chivalry. Simmons’ last chapter, his longest, is a bravura piece that alone is worth the price of the book.” NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE

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“Having written about New Mexico history for more than forty years,” explains the author, “it was perhaps inevitable that in time I should publish a few articles on Billy the Kid. After all, he is the one figure from this state’s past whose name is known around the world. The Kid’s career, although astonishingly short, nonetheless, left an indelible mark in the annals of the Old West. And his name, William H. Bonney, alias Billy the Kid, seems locked forever into the consciousness of the starry-eyed public.

“Upon request,” the author continues, “I was able to assemble a collection of my varied writings pertaining to some of Billy’s real or imagined deeds. Each section opens a small window on an aspect of his tumultuous life, or casts light upon others whose fortunes intersected with his. In this book, I have stalked Billy in an erratic rather than a systematic way, taking pleasure merely in adding a few new and unusual fragments to his biography. I trust that readers who have a fascination with the history and legend of Billy the Kid will find in these pages something of interest and value. As Eugene Cunningham wrote more than seventy years ago, ‘in our imagination the Kid still lives--the Kid still rides.’”

MARC SIMMONS is a professional author and historian who has published more than forty books on New Mexico and the American Southwest. His popular “Trail Dust” column is syndicated in several regional newspapers. In 1993, King Juan Carlos of Spain admitted him to the knightly Order of Isabel la Católica for his contributions to Spanish colonial history.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-525-6
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STEPHEN GIRARD
America’s Colonial Olympian, 1750–1831
By James J. Raciti

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Why is Stephen Girard, a figure from late Colonial America, important today? As a teenager, he left home in Bordeaux, France with meager funds and went to sea as a merchant marine, following his family’s tradition. In early summer, 1776, he landed in Philadelphia when a British blockade forced his ship into the city’s Delaware River port. With his extraordinary intelligence and with an ability to foresee market trends and grasp the mysteries of international trade, he remained in Philadelphia and became an American citizen. By the early eighteen hundreds he had become the richest man in America. Is this reason enough to pay closer attention to Girard? Why don’t American History textbooks mention him?

As the first private banker in America, he should be counted among our Founding Fathers. He labored tirelessly and unselfishly during Philadelphia’s 1793 yellow fever epidemic, risking his life caring for the sick, sometimes performing the most repulsive tasks. Most wealthy Philadelphians had left the city. In 1811, Great Britain increased its harassment of American ships. Girard put his entire fortune into the hands of the US Treasury to wage war once again with a country that refused to accept America as a sovereign nation. He proved himself a courageous philanthropist and a great patriot. The War of 1812, an American success, forever freed the country from subservience to England. When Girard died in 1831, thousands of Philadelphians showed their love and respect for him.

He left most of his fortune to the City of Philadelphia and to founding an institution for poor orphans—Girard College, opening its doors to students in 1848. President Truman visited the college for its centennial in 1948 to honor this remarkable man—a man who walked the streets with Washington, Jefferson and Adams and had flags made by Betsy Ross.

James J. Raciti, PhD is a graduate of Girard College and is a direct beneficiary of Stephen Girard’s legacy. He has spent more than twenty-five years in Europe as a university educator. His graduate degrees in comparative literature are from the University of Grenoble in France and the University of Zaragoza in Spain. Sunstone Press has published his non-fictional works—Ask About Santa Fe, Old Santa Fe and Ask About Florida—as well as his fictional history of Santa Fe, Pulling No Ponchos and a collection of poetry, The Bird Chart Boy.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-197-9
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A STONE FOR EVERY JOURNEY
Traveling the Life of Elinor Gregg, R.N.
By Edwina McConnell and Teddy Jones

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Elinor Delight Gregg, R.N., the first Supervisor of Nurses for the Indian Service, holds the microphone and begins to speak. Her memories--vivid with details of 80 years of an independent woman’s life of adventure, frustration, triumphs, and personal commitment to caring--begin to fill the first tape. She wonders how the two University of New Mexico nursing students, Melody Johnson and Alice Fryer, can possibly benefit from what she has to say. Her stories tell of times far before they were born--of miles she traveled through World War I, on Indian Reservations, in Washington, D.C., and all the journeys between and since. But as always, since she’s agreed to help, she will. Melody and Alice want to learn from Elinor’s experiences, but conflicts and questions about marriage, the Vietnam War, commitment, women’s roles, adventure, and about the type of nurses they’ll become threaten to distract them. Can Elinor Gregg help them find answers? And, once when they visit her in Santa Fe, another question arises--what is the purpose of the basket full of stones “Aunt El” keeps near her chair?

This thoroughly researched true biography set within a fictional relationship between Elinor Gregg and two University of New Mexico nursing students in the summer of 1966 will instruct readers interested in nursing, gerontology, history, and the Women’s Movement, and will fascinate the general reader who enjoys a good story.

Edwina McConnell, a nurse consultant and nurse educator, maintained a career-long interest in the life of Elinor D. Gregg, R.N., the figure about whose life this book revolves. McConnell first studied Gregg as a figure in nursing history during her undergraduate education. Fascinated by the spirit and character of this pioneering nurse, she collected primary and secondary research materials toward a biography for many years. The biography of Elinor Gregg was the focus of her work at the time of her death in 2002.

Teddy Jones is a nurse practitioner and nurse educator whose initial collaboration in this project was limited to critical reading of the developing manuscript and encouragement for her friend and colleague, McConnell. She also made a promise to complete the work should anything happen to prevent McConnell from doing so. Jones’ participation as co-author began when McConnell bequeathed her the research material and the partial manuscript. Or perhaps it began when she made that promise.

Both McConnell (BSN, MSN, Ph.D.) and Jones (BSN, MSN, Ph.D.) have numerous publications in nursing and health care. This is their first work of biographical fiction.

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348 pp.,$28.95

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-454-9
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STORIES FROM HISPANO NEW MEXICO
A New Mexico Federal Writers' Project Book
By Ann Lacy and Anne Valley-Fox, compilers and editors

Stories by Hispanic writers in New Mexico between 1936 and 1940 as part of the Federal Writers’ Project in New Mexico.

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The story of Spanish settlement in New Mexico begins with Francisco Vásquez de Coronado’s expedition into the territory in 1540–1542. The conquistadors were seeking new lands, gold, and converts to Christianity. In 1598, Juan de Oñate’s expedition of soldiers, settlers and indigenous Mexicans arrived, charged by the Crown to colonize the northern frontier of New Spain. Far from Mexico and the seat of Spanish government, in a land of extremes already inhabited by the First Americans, these settlers proved their tenacity. Farmers, shepherds and townspeople, they lived off the land: they built houses and churches, constructed irrigation ditches, raised crops, wove cloth and hunted for food in an often hostile land. They borrowed, bartered and intermarried with their Pueblo neighbors and weathered an occasional uprising; they battled with Comanche, Apache, and Navajo for control of land and resources. When the American army arrived, they chose sides and paid the consequences.

Between 1936 and 1940, field workers in the New Deal Works Project Administration’s Federal Writers’ Project (WPA) recorded authentic accounts of life in the early days of New Mexico. Happily for us, Hispano settlers were avid storytellers and gave the field writers detailed descriptions of village life, battles with Indians, encounters with Billy the Kid, witchcraft, marriages, festivals and floods. The result is a rich and uniquely regional literature.

Stories from Hispano New Mexico is the fourth volume in the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book series. The first three titles in the series are Outlaws & Desperados, Frontier Stories and Lost Treasures & Old Mines, all from Sunstone Press.

Ann Lacy, an artist and researcher/writer, has lived in New Mexico since 1979. She has worked for Project Crossroads, a not-for-profit educational resource group, in projects related to New Mexico history and culture. Participating in preserving open space and preservation efforts, she received a City of Santa Fe Heritage Preservation Award in 2000.

Anne Valley-Fox is co-editor of the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book series. She is a poet and writer who has worked for two decades as a writer/researcher for Project Crossroads. Her fourth collection of poetry is How Shadows Are Bundled (University of New Mexico Press, 2009).

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-885-1
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THE STUDENT'S HISTORY OF NEW MEXICO
Facsimile of the Original 1921 Second Edition
By L. Bradford Prince

New Foreword by Richard Melzer, PhD

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L. Bradford Prince was one of seven territorial governors who attended the January 15th inauguration of New Mexico’s first state governor, William C. McDonald, in New Mexico’s long-awaited statehood year, 1912. Within a year of that auspicious occasion, Prince published A Concise History of New Mexico, a condensation and revision of his Historical Sketches of 1883. His purpose in 1913 was to provide a “little volume” that might be of use in the now-required teaching of New Mexico history in the state’s public schools. The passage of a public school bill during his term as governor had been considered an important step toward the attainment of statehood. The publication of a state history textbook was meant to be an important contribution to New Mexico public education once statehood had been achieved.

But within a year of its publication, Prince affirmed that the length and price of the already brief Concise History was excessive for most public schools and students. While still recommending A Concise History for teachers and most adults, Prince offered an even more focused, 174-page work, entitled The Student’s History of New Mexico.

Now, instead of using history to argue the case for New Mexico statehood, Prince’s chief goal was to use history to help create pride in New Mexico for the “clear-eyed, pure hearted, noble minded youth” of the nation’s newest state. These future citizens could take pride in both their past, “the most interesting of all American state histories,” and in the special qualities of individual groups whose collective story was “unrivaled in ancient or modern times.” Convinced that The Student’s History had served its purpose well, Prince later updated his book with an additional ten pages about New Mexico’s first few years of statehood. This second edition of The Student’s History appeared in 1921, a year before Prince’s death, and this is the edition Sunstone Press is publishing in its Southwest Heritage Series.

The second edition of The Student’s History is also offered as a brief history of New Mexico of value to the general reader sophisticated enough to recognize its biases, but astute enough to appreciate its many facts. If this unique telling of New Mexico’s past adds to our pride in being New Mexicans—or helps others to better understand New Mexico—then L. Bradford Prince will have achieved his purpose long after he departed his beloved New Mexico, once a striving territory and now a productive member of the nation’s family of states.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-694-9
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SUMMER PEOPLE / WINTER PEOPLE
A Guide To Pueblos In The Santa Fe, New Mexico, Area
By Sandra A. Edelman

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This book, a concise guide to the Indian Pueblos in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, area presents historical and contemporary facts including information about Pueblo artists and artisans. It includes a map showing the location of each Pueblo and the author has outlined the “do’s” and “don’ts to guide visitors. There is also a calendar of “Fiestas, Dances and Ceremonies,” a bibliography and an index. Illustrated with photographs.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-076-3
32 pp.,$12.95

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TALES OF A PUEBLO BOY
Growing Up On An Indian Pueblo
By Lawrence Jonathan Vallo

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Although written for young readers, all ages will enjoy these stories of what it was like to grow up in an Indian Pueblo during the early 1900s. The central character, Rabbit, learns from his grandfather and other adults the things he need to know so that he can, in time, become a responsible adult in the Pueblo.

The author, Lawrence Jonathan Vallo of Jemez and Acoma Pueblos in New Mexico, has also illustrated his tales with black and white drawings. Mr. Vallo graduated from the University of Albuquerque. During World War II he served in Europe with valor and received a number of citations including the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-089-3
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TALESPINS
A Story of Early Aviation Days
By Edith Dodd Culver

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This first-hand account of early aviation days includes the beginning of air mail service in the United States. It also includes stories about air pioneers and their training and exploits, as well as authentic accounts of the women who were aviation enthusiasts and, in some cases, pilots themselves. The author points out that these women played a vital part in early aviation history. Many photographs.

“Culver’s late husband, Paul, one of the country’s earliest pilots, was a member of the team that carried the first bags of air mail. Here his wife recalls those days when to be a pilot was to court death and when marriage to a pilot presumed early widowhood.” —Publishers Weekly

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TAOS
A Pictorial Guide for Travelers
By Michael Butler

With its twisting narrow streets, lacking the familiar grid pattern, it can be difficult for travelers to find their way through Taos, New Mexico. This book is the answer to the traveler’s dilemma. With a map and color photographs included, this guidebook will enable travelers to successfully find twenty-four sites in and around Taos, including museums, historic homes, and natural wonders. Some sites tucked away on isolated side streets can easily be missed without this guide. Travelers can now find their way to Taos Pueblo, home to native inhabitants since about the year 1350, and to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ranchos de Taos, the famous church painted by Georgia O’Keeffe and photographed by Ansel Adams. With a short history of each site included, travelers will gain an appreciation of all the ancient community of Taos has to offer.

Michael Butler has been writing about New Mexico and Colorado since his retirement as Administrative Manager for the Denver Parks and Recreation Department. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Nebraska, specializing in geography and history. This has enabled him to research, write and lecture about the places he loves. He has written five books for Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series including Around The Spanish Peaks; Great Sand Dunes National Park; Southern Colorado-O.T. Davis Collection; Littleton; and High Road to Taos. He has lived in Taos, and currently resides in Santa Fe.


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THE TENDERFOOT IN NEW MEXICO
By Richard Baxter Townshend

New Foreword by Marc Simmons

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Britishers were not uncommon on the frontier of the American Southwest. Most of them, well-financed, came to acquire land and purchase cattle, intending to make their fortunes at ranching. But almost all were lured to America's Wild West as much by its romantic image as by the opportunity to grow rich.

One of the younger members of that breed of Englishmen was Richard Baxter Townshend, hungry for adventure and prosperity, who landed at the foot of the Colorado Rockies in 1869, just four years after the end of the Civil War. Townshend, born in 1846, was then 23 years old and was captivated by cowboys and Indians. He would rub shoulders with innumerable examples of both during his time in Colorado and New Mexico. Over his years in the West he gained some seasoning and became a rancher and a successful merchant. Once when Townshend and his men were making a harrowing cattle drive, they narrowly missed having the valuable livestock stolen by Billy the Kid and his outlaw pals.

Later in his life, back in England, Townshend pulled together his first book, A Tenderfoot in Colorado. It was published in February 1923. The following April 23 he died at Oxford in his 77th year. The second volume, The Tenderfoot in New Mexico, was completed by his wife Dorothea, using notes left by her husband. It saw publication at the end of 1923. It proved to be the most popular, with its descriptions of Townshend's experiences among the Pueblo and Navajo Indians, and his adventures on desert and mountain trails.

Although Townshend gained a wide audience in his day among both Englishmen and Americans, by the mid 20th century he had slipped from public view. This reprinting of The Tenderfoot in New Mexico by Sunstone Press will serve to re-introduce him to a new generation of readers.


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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-592-8
312 pp.,$29.95


TEXAS TALES
Stories That Shaped a Landscape and a People
By Myra Hargrave McIlvain

A collection of tales about Texas characters, from the famous to the unknown, who created the sprawling collage that is Texas.

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These tales trace the Texas story, from Cabeza de Vaca who trekked barefoot across the country recording the first accounts of Indian life, to impresarios like Stephen F. Austin and Don Martín DeLeón who brought settlers into Mexican Texas. There are visionaries like Padre José Nicolás Ballí, the Singer family, and Sam Robertson, who tried and failed to develop Padre Island into the wonderland that it is today. There are legendary characters like Sally Skull who had five husbands and may have killed some of them, and Josiah Wilbarger who was scalped and lived another ten years to tell about it. Also included are the stories of Shanghai Pierce, cattleman extraordinaire, who had no qualms about rounding up other folks’ calves, and Tol Barret who drilled Texas’ first oil well over thirty years before Spindletop changed the world. The Sanctified Sisters got rich running a commune for women, and millionaire oilman Edgar B. Davis gave away his money as fast as he made it. Sam Houston, Jean Lafitte, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Lucy Kidd-Key, Minnie Fisher Cunningham, all these characters and many more—early-day adventurers, Civil War heroes, and latter-day artists and musicians—created the patchwork called Texas.

Myra Hargrave McIlvain is a teller of Texas tales. Whether she is sharing the stories in her books, her lectures, or her blog, she aims to make the Texas story alive. She has written Texas historical markers, travel articles for newspapers and magazines such as Texas Highways, and both nonfiction and historical fiction books about Texas. She lives in Austin with her husband Stroud. She is also the author of The Doctor’s Wife, Stein House, and Texas Auto Trails: The Southeast.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-163-4
234 pp.,$22.95

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THREE AGAINST ONE
Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin vs. Adolph Hitler
By Vance Stewart

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The Second World War was caused by one man—Adolph Hitler. This tormented personality brought death and destruction over most of the world. Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin were called on by history to stop this menace.

In this book, which includes new material, the background, attitude and personalities of these men are explored in detail: Hitler, the penniless artist of 25 in Vienna; Churchill, the young prisoner of war in South Africa; Roosevelt, stricken and crippled by polio in the prime of his life; and Stalin the seminarian of fourteen studying for the priesthood.

By his attack on Poland in September 1939, Hitler brought Churchill against him. Stopped by Churchill and the R.A.F., Hitler moved east to strike Stalin and the Red Army. Not satisfied, he then took on Roosevelt, the leader of the largest industrial power in the world. In spite of all this Hitler, backed by the strongest armed forces of any country in the history of the world, came close to winning. This book tells the story of these incredible events.

VANCE STEWART’s intense interest in World War II and his many years of study and research bring a fresh outlook to that great conflict. He has been a history enthusiast for as long as he can remember and the fact that his older brother was in the US Air Force at that time helped focus his attention on the war and its ramifications. In addition, the author has been part of a family business, successfully owned his own baking company, and owned and operated an art gallery in Memphis, Tennessee before he retired.

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TIERRA DULCE
Preservation of a Major Southwestern U.S. Landmark by a Leading Archaeologist
By Rosemary Nusbaum

Reminiscences from the Jesse Nusbaum papers.

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This book is for anyone who has a passion for New Mexico letters, the American Southwest or the life and work of Jesse Nusbaum, one of America's leading archaelogists--a man who was lauded by Life Magazine with a cover story when he brought Mesa Verde out of the mire of time to make it living history. Nusbaum fought to preserve the integrity of a large section of southwestern America which otherwise would have been lost.

Rosemary L. Nusbaum was born and grew up in Marquette, Michigan. Of her many honors and awards, she holds in great esteem her place as a member of "Composer, Authors and Artists of America," and the Sophrosyne Award presented to her by the St. John's College Class of 1969. Her first full-lenght book, The City Different and The Palace, the story of the Palace of the Governors and its role in Santa Fe history, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-91327-083-7
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TO DIE IN DINETAH
The Dark Legacy of Kit Carson
By John A. Truett

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Early in the Civil War, young Terry O’Neill becomes obsessed with the idea of fighting in the Indian wars and volunteers for assignment at Fort Stanton in rugged New Mexico. He joins the famous Colonel Kit Carson, campaigning against the Apaches and Navajos in the deadly snowstorms of Canyon de Chelly, only to find himself a part of the Navajos’ torturous “Long Walk” to imprisonment at Fort Sumner. Struggling to understand the enigmatic Kit Carson while facing death, suffering and the love of a beautiful Navajo girl, Terry O’Neill’s cavalier outlook matures in this tender story of real people and actual events during a tragic period of the Old West.

John A. Truett grew up in Artesia, New Mexico, leaving after high school to serve with the U.S. Air Force in Japan and the Philippines during World War II. After the war, he received his B.B.A. from Woodbury University in Los Angeles and worked in the motion picture industry for 18 years where he was script supervisor on public service films and assisted in writing scripts and film editing. He later was editor of three different industry newsletters at various manufacturing companies in Los Angeles. Since making his home in Roswell, New Mexico, he has dedicated himself to writing western fiction based on historical events in the American Southwest. Mr. Truett is also the author of Clay Allison, Legend of Cimarron and Monument in the Storm, both from Sunstone Press.

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THE TRAGIC DAYS OF BILLY THE KID
Facsimile of 1956 Edition with a New Foreword by Robert G. McCubbin
By Frazier Hunt

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Since a July night in 1881 when he was shot down at the age of 21, Billy the Kid has been a victim of the myths that surrounded and captured him. This vivid interpretation of the Kid’s life and character will come as an exciting revelation to readers who may have been familiar only with the earlier fictionalized versions. For here is real, moving tragedy painted in broad brush strokes with the vivid hues of the stark American Southwestern landscape.

Never before has there been brought into true focus the Lincoln County War, which broke out in 1878 in the then Territory of New Mexico, and which furnished the background and the period for the adventures of this extraordinary boy. The literature concerning both the desperate cattle war and the singular young outlaw have necessarily been constructed around a thin framework of fact with its papier maché façade of myth and legend.

So persistent have been these legends that the true character of the Kid seemed almost beyond reach. Indeed, the Western poet, Arthur Chapman, once wrote that “Billy the Kid must remain wholly the most unaccountable figure in frontier history.”

Frazier Hunt (1885 – 1968) had the good fortune to have access to a great mass of fresh and unpublished source material which fully documents this thrilling history of the Kid and his times. It is a new and rather appealing boy who now comes to light—an alert, likeable yet tough youngster, adored by the native Mexicans no less for his fluency in Spanish than for his kindness and consideration, but no wanton killer. In place of the former distorted figure of legend, a young man of flesh and blood and heart emerges into clear perspective. So at last we have the real Billy the Kid—authentic, true—and completely accountable.

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TRAVELING NEW MEXICO
A Guide to the Historical and State Park Markers
By Phil T. Archuletta and Sharyl S. Holden

"TRAVELING NEW MEXICO covers both the highway historical markers and state park markers, more than 500 in number, and is easier to use than the other book [from another publisher] focusing on the 350 highway historic markers. The savvy traveler will probably want to have both guides. But if you're trying to save money, go with TRAVELING NEW MEXICO, which has everything the other does, with a bonus of 150 state park markers." (NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE)

"Whether resident or visitor, this is a valuable guide for exploring this remarkable state, with more than 500 scenic markers to assist you. Who cares if the journey takes a while?" (SILVER CITY DAILY PRESS)

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Scattered across New Mexico are over 500 scenic historic markers that give brief historical facts about the area and provide interesting clues to New Mexico’s vividness. This first-ever comprehensive guide gives locations of the markers, the information as it appears on each marker, and names and addresses for further information.

Reading one marker, you can imagine how it would feel to ride shotgun with Sheriff Pat Garrett as he chases the elusive Billy the Kid. Another marker helps you explore the area where Pat was later murdered in a still unsolvable crime. You can even discover tracks left by a dinosaur, and find proof of early man long before the rise and fall of the mysterious Anasazi. There are places where early farming puebloeans left their ghosts and ruins , and you can follow in the footsteps of early explorers such as Vasquez de Coronado, Antonio de Espejo, and others as they search for gold and claim this land for Spain. There are places where settlers created the Santa Fe Trail and the Butterfield and Cooke’s stage routes. You’ll marvel at how three cultures have met to create the unique land called New Mexico.

Whether you are a resident or a visitor, you will find this to be a valuable guide while exploring the remarkable state of New Mexico.

PHIL T. ARCHULETTA’s experience with the historical markers as well as his love of New Mexico and its history have been life long. Owner and CEO of P&M Signs, Inc., he has been in the sign manufacturing business for over thirty years and has traveled the state, logging each marker, in order to preserve this aspect of New Mexico’s colorful history.

SHARYL S. HOLDEN, a professional photographer and writer, has been enchanted by the wide open spaces of New Mexico all her life. She and Phil have work diligently to prepare this enjoyable guide for both tourists and residents.

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TUBAR
A Western Adventure
By John Tilley

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A cool ale in a Baltimore tavern plus a Mickey Finn turned young Tubar Lane's student world into hell. Bounced out of school and disgraced, he could not return home to a strict father. He walked to the railroad yard where he met a train-hopping gunman. And that was the beginning of Tubar's long trek to wild and wooly Dodge City. It was 1872—the year of the great buffalo herds, of Indians, gunslingers, outlaws and renegades.

John Tilley was born in southern West Virginia in the sawmill community of Maben and grew up in the coal mining towns of Bud-Alpoca. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1947, and in 1948 flew from Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico to Goosebay, Labrador in a B-29 bomber with the legendary Charles A. Lindbergh. Tilley was assigned overseas seven times, and retired in 1967 as a Master Sergeant. He is a pleasure horseman, coon hunter, fisherman and a member of the Authors Guild.

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TURBULENT TAOS
A History of this "Most Different" New Mexico Town
By Den Galbraith

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Revolutions, native conspiracies and subsequent insurrections, filthy mountain men sleeping on the dirt and wrestling with grizzlies, radical priests, belligerent American soldiers, betrayal, violence, early forms of commerce, and several other enthralling accounts are part of this small New Mexican town's history. Complete with illustrations and archived photographs, Turbulent Taos is the author’s groundbreaking examination of Taos’s wild past in its pre to post territorial days. Informative and entertaining, the narrative reads like a boozed-up solitary poet smiling into the calm desert night.

Huddle with the pueblo natives as they consult the spirits of the dead to revolt against the onslaught of Spanish imperialism in 1680. Learn what “The Massacre of 1760” was all about. Who were some of the first Americans to arrive? Who was Kit Carson? Why has Taos always been a hotbed for political turmoil? The author takes the reader on a journey from the vast expanse of early pueblo life to the artist colonies that have flourished since the late 19th century. Everything in between is hell. Men of all color have shed blood on this sacred land that makes one visualize the blood red reflection of the setting sun ricocheting off the intimidating Sangre de Cristo Mountains that shroud Taos.

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TURMOIL IN NEW MEXICO, 1846-1868
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By William A. Keleher

New Foreword by Marc Simmons. Preface by Michael L. Keleher

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The vital history of New Mexico and Arizona during the formative years between the American Occupation and the coming of the railroad has been compressed by the author into one volume with hundreds of footnotes and many profiles that make this book of vital importance to teachers, students, and researchers. The book is broken into four parts: “General Kearny Comes to Santa Fe,” “The Confederates Invade New Mexico,” “Carleton’s California Column,” and “The Long Walk.” Many famous men walk and talk through these pages, including Kearny, Doniphan, Baylor, Canby, Carleton, Sibley, and a host of others. In addition, the story of the impact of the Civil War in New Mexico on the Indians, and the tragic results, is told here in detail for the first time. Long out of print, the book is available once again with a new foreword by Marc Simmons and preface by Michael L. Keleher, William A. Keleher’s son. It also includes brief biographies of Ernest L. Blumenschein and Oscar E. Berninghaus who provided the original illustrations.

William A. Keleher (1886-1972) observed first hand the changing circumstances of people and places of New Mexico. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he arrived in Albuquerque two years later, with his parents and two older brothers. The older brothers died of diphtheria within a few weeks of their arrival. As an adult, Keleher worked for more than four years as a Morse operator, and later as a reporter on New Mexico newspapers. Bidding a reluctant farewell to newspaper work, Keleher studied law at Washington & Lee University and started practicing law in 1915. He was recognized as a successful attorney, being honored by the New Mexico State Bar as one of the outstanding Attorneys of the Twentieth Century. One quickly observes from his writings, and writings about him, that he lived a fruitful and exemplary life. His knowledge and understanding of humankind is evidenced by this quote attributed to Sir Thomas Browne, 1686, and printed after the title page in Turmoil in New Mexico: “The iniquity of oblivion scattereth her poppy and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit and perpetuity…who knows whether the best of men be known, or whether there be not more remarkable men forgot, than any that stand remembered in the known account of time.”

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TURQUOIS & SIX GUNS
The Story of Cerrillos, New Mexico
By Marc Simmons

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The rock-ribbed hills surrounding Cerrillos, New Mexico, are honeycombed with mineshafts and it is these mines that have shaped the history of the town and of the district over which it presides. The Pueblo Indians for untold ages took out turquoise; the Spaniards in their turn found gold, silver and lead; and finally, the Anglo-Americans exploited all of these in addition to copper, zinc and coal. Mining gave life to Cerrillos and to neighboring towns such as Bonanza City, Carbonateville, Waldo and Madrid. And when the boom passed and the mines closed, that life ebbed away. Scattered over the hills and in the valleys everywhere are skeletal remains of mining activity: deserted buildings, black and foreboding entrances to shafts, broken tools and equipment, fallen timbers from the windlasses, gallows and hoist houses, tailing dumps and slag heaps. These offer silent testimony to the once prosperous past of the Cerrillos mining district and are an appeal for all students of history. Includes Bibliography and Index.

MARC SIMMONS, the prominent author and historian, has received many awards for his research and writings on the American Southwest. He is known for his ability to record little-known episodes in New Mexico history and is also the author of another Sunstone Press book, YESTERDAY IN SANTA FE.

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UNCOVERING THE HISTORY OF THE ALBUQUERQUE GREEK COMMUNITY, 1880–1952
By Katherine M. Pomonis

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Why did Greeks in the late 1800s cross a sea, an ocean and a continent, to start new lives in the United States? Why did they eventually migrate to a small dusty town in the desert Southwest? How did Albuquerque become a center of Greek-America in the 1930s? And how did the decision to build the church in 1944 in the Huning Highland originate from a tragic event? This book answers these questions and more. It also details the compassionate response of the community to the appearance of Greek “lungers” seeking the cure to the ravages of tuberculosis, and traces the decision to establish in 1937 in Albuquerque the Nation’s only Greek-American tuberculosis sanatorium.

This book begins with the first Greeks coming, at the turn of the nineteenth century, to Albuquerque with the railroad. It details how they began immigrating to the town in large numbers after the First World War, and shows how, by the 1920s, these indomitable men owned and operated numerous businesses in the heart of new Albuquerque. It also shows how their brides made their own unique contribution by transforming the Greek population into a community. They assimilated into the United States and contributed to Albuquerque's ethnic and cultural diversity. This country gave them opportunity, and in turn, they gave their best.

Katherine M. Pomonis, a Santa Fe, New Mexico native of Greek descent, received a B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Rhode Island. She subsequently worked at the University of New Mexico’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, both as a staff member and as guest curator to numerous exhibits including “Greek Byzantium Revisited” and “The Greeks of America.” She served as President of the New Mexico Association of Museums and was on the Board of the Maxwell Museum Association. She is also a member of the New Mexico State Historical Society, Historic Albuquerque, and the Albuquerque Archaeological Society.


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VIOLENCE IN LINCOLN COUNTY, 1869-1881
Facsimile of the Original 1957 Edition
By William A. Keleher

New Foreword by Marc Simmons. Preface by Michael L. Keleher

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Lincoln County, New Mexico was once one of the largest counties in the United States and was the setting for a famous feud which lit up the horizon of history. Here between 1869 and 1881 were all the explosive ingredients for violence. On one side of the county was the Mescalero Apache reservation. A day away was an Army fort to keep the Indians “subdued.” Along the Pecos River were hundreds of thousands of acres of public land, much of it claimed by settlers with deeds of “Squatters’ Rights.” Conflicts over land, politics, cattle and money, sparked by the tempers of young men fueled with six-shooters and cheap whiskey, set fire to the whole tinderbox. What became known as The Lincoln County War began over a dispute for the insurance money of Emil Fritz. It flared when the killing of John H. Tunstall became an international incident and started a chain reaction of murders. The Battle of Blazer’s Mill presaged the four sultry days in July when Colonel N. A. M. Dudley marched U.S. troops into Lincoln and sided with the Dolan-Riley contingent against the McSween faction. This, along with the crack of Pat Garrett’s pistol which ended the life of Billy the Kid, signaled the end of the outlaw heyday.

Lew Wallace, governor of New Mexico (and author of Ben Hur), then wrote to Washington: “It gives me pleasure to report New Mexico in a state of quiet,” thus bringing to a close a conflagration without parallel in the American West. Long out of print, the book is available once again with a new foreword by Marc Simmons and preface by Michael L. Keleher, William A. Keleher’s son.

William A. Keleher (1886-1972) observed first hand the changing circumstances of people and places of New Mexico. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he arrived in Albuquerque two years later, with his parents and two older brothers. The older brothers died of diphtheria within a few weeks of their arrival. As an adult, Keleher worked for more than four years as a Morse operator, and later as a reporter on New Mexico newspapers. Bidding a reluctant farewell to newspaper work, Keleher studied law at Washington & Lee University and started practicing law in 1915. He was recognized as a successful attorney, being honored by the New Mexico State Bar as one of the outstanding Attorneys of the Twentieth Century. One quickly observes from his writings, and writings about him, that he lived a fruitful and exemplary life. He is also the author of Turmoil in New Mexico, Maxwell Land Grant, The Fabulous Frontier, and Memoirs, all from Sunstone Press.

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VIVA ELFEGO
The Case for Elfego Baca, Hispanic Hero
By Stan Sager

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“I will show them there is at least one Mexican in the country who is not afraid of a Texas cowboy.” Having drawn the line, teenager Elfego Baca backed up his words with his six guns. Nobody, but nobody, even Texans, would any longer subject the peaceful Mexican settlers of the New Mexico frontier to abuse, mutilation or humiliation. It took Baca just thirty-six hours in the fall of 1884 to earn his reputation as savior of the Hispanics of the Territory of New Mexico. When the gun-smoke had blown away, the eighty Texans who had poured over 4,000 bullets and a few charges of dynamite into the hut where the teen had taken refuge, toasted his survival with drinks at Milligan’s Whiskey Bar. In the sixty years that followed, Elfego made himself into a lawyer often known for sleaze, a politician suspected of dealing under the table, a guy who liked his liquor too much, a bankrupt, and the object of a $30,000 reward by Pancho Villa. But why? Why did the hero fall from grace?

Stan Sager has laid out the reasons for Baca’s heroism and why he later destroyed his own reputation. Sager’s book looks into the hero’s childhood in Kansas to find the roots of both his valor and his vulnerability. It tells of the events of his young manhood that made it necessary for the kid who grew up in Topeka speaking English only, to fit himself into the Spanish-speaking community of Socorro the only way he knew how--by bravado and bluster. It relates the bizarre activities that led him to lose his reputation as a hero. And finally, it explains why the hero self-destructed, and it pleas for his forgiveness.

Sager is a retired New Mexico attorney who has tried lawsuits and argued cases all over the state. He’s the author of several published articles, including Elfego Baca. He co-founded a law firm in Albuquerque, which grew into one of the largest in New Mexico and has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture. He was a State Bar Commissioner, and has received numerous awards for his service to low income persons, including the Professionalism Award, as well as the LaFollette Pro Bono Award and others. He was given the Judge Woodrow B. Seals Award by the Perkins School of Theology, SMU, for service to the church, the community and the world for setting up an internal audit department within The United Methodist Church, writing denominational fiscal policies, and his work on behalf of those in poverty. In retirement, he serves on the State Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice, recently formed to help the poor of the state obtain access to justice. Stan has contributed historical articles to State Bar publications, and has written articles on disability for various magazines and newspapers. Today he speaks often on Elfego Baca and on issues relating to Navajo mythology and theology.

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VOICES IN OUR SOULS
The DeWolfs, Dakota Sioux and the Little Bighorn
By Gene Erb and Ann DeWolf Erb

A historical novel based on facts surrounding Seventh Cavalry surgeon James DeWolf in 1875.

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Frances DeWolf, wife of Seventh Cavalry surgeon James DeWolf, lay in bed alone on a frigid morning in 1875, listening to her husband’s activities in their military quarters—opening the parlor stove, tossing in logs, the metal-on-metal screech as he closed the stove door. She knew she should get up, but instead she curled under the warmth of heaped blankets and recalled their adventure so far.

They had met in the Oregon wilderness where James was an enlisted hospital steward at an Army camp and she a teacher for ranchers’ children. She was 19 and he was 28 when they were married. In 1873, James applied for and was granted a transfer to a post near Boston so he could attend Harvard Medical School. But even with his Harvard degree, he wouldn’t leave the Army.

So here they were in the middle of a frozen prairie. There were rumors that Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer would lead the cavalry in a campaign against roaming Indians next year. If true, she hoped her husband wouldn’t have to go off to fight as well. Voices in Our Souls, a historical novel based on fact, tells James and Fannie’s poignant story—one filled with joys and triumphs, regrets and sorrows, and above all else, enduring love.

Gene Erb is also the author of A Plague of Hunger based on two award-winning newspaper series, one focusing on the migration of jobs from Iowa to Mexico and the other examining world hunger issues. A former U.S. Navy pilot, Mr. Erb was a reporter and editor with the Des Moines Register and Tribune from 1974 through 2000. He has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Ann DeWolf Erb was a librarian at Iowa State University for five years and then an analyst, manager and officer at an Iowa insurance company through 2000. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Rhode Island. She is a distant cousin of Dr. James Madison DeWolf. The authors live in Iowa.

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WESTERN ANIMAL HEROES
An Anthology of Stories by Ernest Thompson Seton
By Stephen Zimmer, Editor

CLASSIC STORIES FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE NATURAL WORLD

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Naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton created a new literary form when he began writing stories about his adventures with wild animals in the 1890s. His first stories were compiled in the book, Wild Animals I Have Known, that became popular throughout the United States and Canada. The stories are spellbinding chronicles of wild animal courage, intelligence, and endurance as they valiantly attempt to escape the traps, poisons, guns, and lariats of their human pursuers.

Seton was renown for his scientific studies of American wildlife. His stories about wild animals, however, were a mix of fact and fiction that heightened the drama of each animal’s life or death struggle.

During the 1890s Seton traveled to the American West and from his experiences wrote the thrilling tales contained in this collection. The exploits of Lobo (wolf), The Pacing Mustang, Tito (coyote), Monarch (grizzly), Coaly-Bay (horse), Johnny Bear, and Badlands Billy (wolf) are presented in their entirety along with many of Seton’s drawings.

Stephen Zimmer was Director of the Seton Memorial Library at Philmont Scout Ranch at Cimarron, New Mexico for twenty years. For this collection he contributed a biographical introduction of Ernest Thompson Seton and the historical background for each story.

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WHAT IS A NEW MEXICO SANTO?
Creating Carved Religious Figures
By Eluid Levi Martinez

Spanish/English text with photographs about the centuries-old craft of creating these carved religious figures known as Santos which are found throughout the American Southwest.

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The folk-art of the New Mexican Santero (maker of saint images) arose out of the need for religious images in the settlements. Usually a member of the settlement, the Santero was in most instances a self-taught craftsman. Utilizing crude tools at his disposal, he fashioned representations of the saints dear to the inhabitants from wood and jaspe (gypsum) known today as New Mexican Santos. Two craftsmen, Jose Dolores Lopez and George Lopez, are widely recognized for their carvings. For seven generations the Lopez families of Cordova, New Mexico have been ‘santeros.’ Countless articles have been written about them but this book is written by one of the family. Eluid Levi Martinez tells the inside story of the beginning of this fascinating art in both English and Spanish. Illustrated with photographs.

Eluid Levi Martinez was born in the mountain village of Cordova, New Mexico. A self-taught artist, his work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of American Art, the Museum of American Folk Art, the Denver Art Museum and others. He began carving Santos during 1971 with the goal of perpetuating not only his heritage, but also an art form indigenous to the New Mexico area.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BILLY THE KID
Did He Really Die? Maybe Not!
By Helen L. Airy

Many Historic Photographs

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It’s possible that Billy the Kid escaped the gunfire from Pat Garrett’s pistol. And, under the name of John Miller, he could have lived the rest of his life as a cattle rancher and horse breeder in the Zuni mountains of Western New Mexico, and as a farm worker in Buckeye, Arizona. His adopted son, Max Miller, said so. So do most of the Indians and the Mormon pioneers who knew John Miller. Could this be? Our book presents some convincing evidence. You decide.

Helen Airy graduated from Yreka High School, Siskiyon County, California, and the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in English literature. She was a columnist for the "San Francisco Examiner" for five years until the outbreak of World War II when she joined the American Red Cross in December, 1942, and was sent to England. She served as an aero club director on a B-26 bomber base at Rougham, in East Anglia, and later as a London-based reporter writing about the American Red Cross. She is the author of "Doughnut Dollies, American Red Cross Girls During World War II," also published by Sunstone Press.

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WHEN CULTURES MEET
Remembering the First Spanish Settlement in New Mexico
By Various Authors

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San Gabriel del Yunge Oweenge was not only the first European settlement in the Territory now known as New Mexico but it was also the first capital of that area. It happened in 1598, a coming together of two diverse cultures. How did it all work out? Some of the answers were found in a 1984 conference held at San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico. A group of historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, writers and Pueblo leaders gathered to discuss the immediate and long-term consequences of that settlement. In particular, they looked at the historical and cultural effects on both sides. The participants included Marc Simmons, Florence Hawley Ellis, Myra Ellen Jenkins, Herman Agoyo, Orlando Romero, Lynnwood Brown, Richard I. Ford and Jim Sagel. By popular request from people who were not able to attend the conference, the papers that were given there were collected in this book. Photographs.

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WHEN OLD TRAILS WERE NEW
The Story of Taos, New Mexico
By Blanche Chloe Grant

Facsimile of Original 1934 Edition with a New Foreword by Marcia Muth

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This story of Taos, New Mexico covers some four centuries of history. It is the story of a village that never gave up despite periods of drought, violence from unfriendly Indians and other hazards of frontier life. At one time, Taos was even the site of a short-lived but bloody rebellion against the United States government. Grant tells this and other fascinating true stories of a settlement that was home to trappers and explorers and later to artists and writers. Among its famous and best-known citizens was the mountain man, Kit Carson.

BLANCHE CHLOE GRANT was born in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1874 and died in Taos, New Mexico in 1948. A graduate of Vassar College, she also had studied art at the Art League in New York City and attended other art schools. She continued her successful art career in painting throughout her life but began a second career as a writer after moving to Taos in 1920 and this brought dramatic changes for her. She first took on the job of editor of the “Taos Valley News” and began her years of research into the history of Taos and the Southwest. This led then to a series of books, many of which were about Taos and the people who lived there. Her art also changed and she painted Native American and Western subjects. Although an active participant in the Taos art scene, she continued to show paintings in New York. Gradually her main interests turned to her writing. Her books included Doña Lona, When Old Trails Were New, Taos Indians and she edited a biography of Kit Carson based on his notes, Kit Carson’s Own Story of His Life, all available again from Sunstone Press.

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WHEN PHILOSOPHERS WERE KINGS
A Historical Novel
By Steven M. Best

"In a story based on author Steven Best's own family history, we see the bodies, minds and souls of a remarkable family tested in the crucible of battle. The results are unforgettable and thought-provoking." TRUE WEST Magazine

"...a compelling story that has been extensively researched by the author over a period of almost eight years...." DALLAS MORNING NEWS

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As the Confederacy celebrates its victory over Fort Sumter, Socrates Best and his wife, Ellen, are living in Northeast Texas where Socrates has been teaching school for five years. Educated in the philosophy of Plato and the religion of Knox, Socrates hopes to ignore the war and continue developing ruler guardians who will help make Texas great. But two former students, Buck Malneck and Billy Morse, seize this chance to put their former teacher to the test. Join the conflict or hang--those are their demands.

Meanwhile, a thousand miles to the north stands Socrates' cousin Swift. Raised with Plato's Republican philosophies, but steeped in the passionate abolitionism of the Northern Methodists, Swift leaves law school to be part of the Second Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. Portage City explodes with joy as they send Swift's company off to war, but all the well wishing in the world could never prepare Swift for what awaits him at Bull Run.

Amidst the revelry, Socrates' youngest brother, Ed, watches with bated breath. This crowd will one day cheer him, he decides, and everyone will know that he is finally a man. Fighting with the Army of the Cumberland across the Southeast, he will learn there is a far greater challenge in life then being a man--staying alive.

This novel is based on the true story of a Wisconsin family caught up in the American Civil War, but it is also the story of the multidimensional human soul--spiritual, philosophical, and physical--and how it is affected by war. It is the story of man's ability to love, endure, survive, and find a meaningful purpose for life in a world turned upside down with hate.

STEVEN M. BEST is a former military intelligence analyst, and retired chiropractor. After being given an extensive letter written by his great grandmother detailing the family's experiences during the war, Best spent seven and a half years researching and writing his family story. He has visited every village and battlefield presented in this novel from Big Spring and Portage, Wisconsin, in the North, to Dangerfield, Texas, in the South; and from Perryville, Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) and Devil's Backbone in the West; to Perryville, Kentucky and Chickamauga at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in the East.

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WHEN WE WERE YOUNG IN THE WEST
True Histories of Childhood
By Richard Melzer, Ph.D.

BOOKLIST says: “Here’s an interesting idea: tell the story of the American Southwest (specifically, New Mexico) through the eyes of its children. The author, a history professor, introduces us to a group of unknown boys and girls who, in their own ways, were as important to the region as any familiar historical figure. Here are Haroldie and Sammie Kent, two young black children who were at the forefront of school desegregation in the 1950s; here’s Marion Russell, who, with her mother, Eliza, was part of a wagon train down the Santa Fe Trail in the early 1800s; here are Douglas MacArthur and Billy the Kid, before they became (respectively) a general and a gunslinger. It’s a unique and vastly informative book; drawing on oral histories, the stories are often told in the subjects’ own words, and the richness of detail tells us as much about the past as it does about childhood.” LIBRARY BOOKWATCH reports: "...a very highly commended addition to personal, school, and community library American History collections."

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Historians have considered the contributions of many groups--from outlaws and lawmen to Harvey Girls and railroaders--in the making of the modern American Southwest. But few writers have considered the unique role of children in this vast region of the United States. Richard Melzer has taken a large step in filing this void by examining the diverse experiences of children growing up in different communities, in different cultures, and in different historical periods. Using New Mexico as a focus, and drawing on memoirs, oral histories, diaries, and autobiographies, Melzer has compiled the most thorough, captivating, and compelling set of true stories about childhood ever to appear in print. His collection, ranging from the experiences of Billy the Kid to those of Douglas MacArthur, is destined to become a classic in American Southwest historical literature.

RICHARD MELZER is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico/Valencia Campus. A prize-winning teacher and a popular public speaker, he is the author of many books and articles about the American Southwest. Sunstone Press is the publisher of Melzer's focused biography, ERNIE PYLE IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST, and BREAKDOWN, HOW THE SECRET OF THE ATOMIC BOMB WAS STOLEN DURING WORLD WAR II. He is also the author of COMING OF AGE IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION.

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WHISPERING SMITH
His Life and Misadventures
By Allen P. Bristow

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The fictional adventures of the heroic railroad detective called Whispering Smith have entertained readers, motion picture enthusiasts and television viewers for many years. The colorful name of this character had such appeal that it has been adopted by musical bands, apparel manufacturers and emblazoned on the nose of World War Two bombers.

But was there a real Whispering Smith? Was he the heroic champion of justice on the western plains as depicted by Hollywood or was he instead a sinister and tragic recluse? Traces of his confrontations with western outlaws are found throughout Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Yet in his search for justice did he become a centurion that confronted frontier lawlessness with a hangman’s rope? Was the real Whispering Smith actually a cold-blooded killer, frustrated duelist, devious plotter and pugnacious braggart? These questions can best be answered by an examination of his life in this book.

The author’s lifetime law enforcement career generated a strong interest in the history of western outlaws and lawmen. Many of his articles and stories have been published in western history journals and he won the coveted Spur Award from the Western Writers of America in 1999. He is a native of Nebraska, has hunted and fished throughout the west, and is familiar with many of the locations where Whispering Smith left his mark on history.

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WHITE SHELL WATER PLACE
An Anthology of Native American Reflections on the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe
By F. Richard Sanchez, Editor

An Anthology of Native Americans offering scholarly dialogue, personal points of view, opinions, and stories regarding the pre and post–historical and cultural foundations of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the occasion of Santa Fe’s 400th Anniversary. Includes Study Guide.

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This anthology, a companion to the Santa Fe 400th Anniverary Commemoration publication, All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, affords Native American authors the opportunity to unreservedly express their ideas, opinions and perspectives on the historical and cultural aspects of Santa Fe using their own voice and preferred writing styles that are not necessarily in accord with western academic and writing conventions.

One cannot truly contemplate the history and culture of Santa Fe without the voices of the Native Americans--the original inhabitants of Po’oge, “White Shell Water Place”. Indeed, much of Santa Fe’s story is conveyed from a western colonial perspective, which, until fairly recently, has predominantly relegated Native Americans to the fringes. However, over the last thirty years colonial narratives regarding Native American history and culture have been, and continue to be, disputed and amended as the pursuit of academic, intellectual and cultural self determination gains momentum in respective Native American tribal and academic communities. The Santa Fe 400th Commemoration has created an opportunity for the Native American voice to be heard.

This anthology is a ceremony of Native voices, a gathering of Native people offering scholarly dialogue, personal points of view, opinions, and stories regarding the pre and post–historical and cultural foundations of Santa Fe.

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WHY WE THE PEOPLE MUST VOTE
A Call to Action
By Vincent H. Wilcox

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"Why We the People Must Vote" brings into focus events that are affecting all of us in America. “We the People” need to face the fact that it's time to take charge and bring about improved change, as we become involved in the political process. We do this by registering and voting, while becoming informed about the candidates and their positions on important issues. We then vote for the best person and not the party per se.

The vote is power! It takes qualified voters to bring about meaningful change, while holding those elected accountable.

It is our right to demand that those representing us support us with responsible legislative action, while keeping our leaders in check. This book tells us how.

VINCENT H. WILCOX is a retired music, history, science and math teacher with a BA and MA degree. He was very active in educational politics at the local and state level in California during the 1960s and 1970s. As a member of a rapidly disappearing generation, he wants to bridge the gap by focusing on the humanitarian achievements of the last century so that the newer generations can understand the need and urgency for a renewed stewardship whereby Social Security, Medicare and education are revitalized and secure for the generations to come so that we have a government that is truly "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

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WILD HORSES IN MY BLOOD
An 1890s Girlhood in New Mexico
By Eva Pendleton Henderson

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Eva Pendleton Henderson, a member of the historical Chisum family, recounts her life on the windy border country of southern New Mexico in the 1890s when it was still a territory. Growing up in a time of legends--Pancho Villa afoot, the rumblings of the first automobile terrifying horses as well as men, drought and fate walking hand in hand, the end of the old West and the beginning of the new. An oft told tale? Yes, but rarely told by a girl and woman who truly saw what was there and wrote of it in a clear, strong, sensible voice. Her story shines as brightly as her unmistakable wit. For all ages; a book for all seasons now in a new edition.

"Henderson's matter-of-fact presentation only underscores the extraordinary nature of her life: 'I learn how to pick up a six shooter.... What woman will not fight for her chickens..?' Colorful colloquialisms enliven the narrative: her father's vocabulary of curse words would 'reach from hell to breakfast.'" (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

"This is an enthralling book--sometimes moving, often funny, always authentic." (NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE)

"WILD HORSES is written in a style that can be read by the young and the old. Hopefully some of that 'wild horse' spirit lives on in us." (THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW)

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THE WIND IN THE TREES
The Story of a New Mexico Family
By David McNeese

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There were many important families that established New Mexico and created the multi-cultural community that it is today. One of these, the Barker family, made significant contributions to the state in environmental, political, as well as literary areas. Elliott Barker is well known for his Forest Service and Game Department records as well as the stories of his exploits in the woods and mountains of the Pecos Wilderness. S. Omar Barker was widely acclaimed for his poetry and stories of the West. Charles Barker, a state legislator and mayor of Santa Fe, was the author of many of the early royalty and lease agreements between the State of New Mexico and the oil and gas industry. Grace Wilson, the youngest girl in the Barker family, made significant contributions as Superintendent of the Kirtland Central School District where a school is named after her. There is, however, a forgotten Barker, David Marion.

David Marion Barker was the first of the Barkers to be born and raised in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. In 1917, when it was time to register for the draft for The Great War, he was asked this question: “Do you claim exemption from draft (specify grounds).” He answered: “None Whatsoever.” What followed was a series of letters home from France one of which states, “I was unlucky enough to get a sniff of ‘Jerry’s’ gas.” Marion died in 1928 from lingering effects of that sniff. At the time of his death he was the Attorney for Farmington and, according to some, was being groomed to run for governor. What follows is years of uncertainty for his remaining family, but the mountains of Northern New Mexico provide a reprieve for his orphaned daughter Dorothy Alice.

David McNeese is the grandson and namesake of David Marion Barker. Like Marion, David was born and raised in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. From the time of his birth until he was 16, every summer was spent in the Pecos Mountains, returning to his home in Los Alamos the day before school started in the fall. Without a maternal grandfather, David spent a good deal of his time with the remaining members of the Barker and Arnold families, in particular Elliott and Ethel, their children Roy and his family, and Dorothy Lois and her family. These events were friendly, lively, and enjoyable affairs that brought out many of the stories of the families that made up David’s New Mexico ancestry. The crowning event of these relationships was when David and his father Wilbur McNeese participated in Elliott and Roy’s last deer and elk hunts in the late 1960s.

David is a Network Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has lived in Northern New Mexico all his life, with Santa Fe being his residence for the last ten years. In addition to his job in Los Alamos, David travels around the country teaching classes on various topics related to computer networks.

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WINTER IN TAOS
By Mabel Dodge Luhan

Voted one of the 100 Best New Mexico Books.

New Foreword by Lynn Cline.

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Winter in Taos starkly contrasts Luhan’s memoirs, published in four volumes and inspired by Marcel Proust’s Remembrances of Things Past. They follow her life through three failed marriages, numerous affairs, and ultimately a feeling of “being nobody in myself,” despite years of psychoanalysis and a luxurious lifestyle on two continents among the leading literary, art and intellectual personalities of the day.

Winter in Taos unfolds in an entirely different pattern, uncluttered with noteworthy names and ornate details. With no chapters dividing the narrative, Luhan describes her simple life in Taos, New Mexico, this “new world” she called it, from season to season, following a thread that spools out from her consciousness as if she’s recording her thoughts in a journal. “My pleasure is in being very still and sensing things,” she writes, sharing that pleasure with the reader by describing the joys of adobe rooms warmed in winter by aromatic cedar fires; fragrant in spring with flowers; and scented with homegrown fruits and vegetables being preserved and pickled in summer.

Having wandered the world, Luhan found her home at last in Taos. Winter in Taos celebrates the spiritual connection she established with the “deep living earth” as well as the bonds she forged with Tony Luhan, her “mountain.” This moving tribute to a land and the people who eked a life from it reminds readers that in northern New Mexico, where the seasons can be harshly beautiful, one can bathe in the sunshine until “‘untied are the knots in the heart,’ for there is nothing like the sun for smoothing out all difficulties.”

Born in 1879 to a wealthy Buffalo family, Mabel Dodge Luhan earned fame for her friendships with American and European artists, writers and intellectuals and for her influential salons held in her Italian villa and Greenwich Village apartments. In 1917, weary of society and wary of a world steeped in war, she set down roots in remote Taos, New Mexico, then publicized the tiny town’s inspirational beauty to the world, drawing a steady stream of significant guests to her adobe estate, including artist Georgia O’Keeffe, poet Robinson Jeffers, and authors D.H. Lawrence and Willa Cather. Luhan could be difficult, complex and often cruel, yet she was also generous and supportive, establishing a solid reputation as a patron of the arts and as an author of widely read autobiographies. She died in Taos in 1962.

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WISE HOMBRE QUIZZES
Questions and Answers on American Western History
By Lannon Mintz

Questions and answers on American Western history, cowboys, outlaws, pioneer and frontier life. Illustrated with drawings by William Moyers.

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Are you a historian, a wise hombre or a tenderfoot when it comes to American Western history? Lannon Mintz has prepared some challenging questions to test your knowledge. All facets of American Western history, its legends, folklore, facts and fictions are included in this book. How do you stack up against the experts?

Here’s a painless way to get a little “book larnin’.”

Every day—before you saddle ol’ Paint and trot off over the horizon—take one of these quizzes Rate yourself in the following manner:

9 to 10 correct answers, you’re a historian
6 to 8 correct answers, you’re a wise hombre
3 to 5 correct answers, you’re lackin’ in book larnin’ friend
0 to 2 correct answers, you’re a tenderfoot, Buddy, but keep on tryin’.

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WOMEN MARKED FOR HISTORY
New Mexico Roadside Markers Honor Women Leaders
By Phil T. Archuletta and Rosanne Roberts Archuletta

New Mexico's Women Leaders in Community and Government, Education, Military, Business, Healing Arts and Medicine, Entertainment, Cultural Preservation and the Arts

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New Mexico’s Historical Marker Project has served an important part in the way New Mexico tells its story to visitors, residents, and future generations. Lining the miles of highways and roads across its beautiful countryside, each marker has a unique story that provides those passing by with information about an intriguing historical moment or influential individual in the area. Thanks to the New Mexico Historical Women’s Marker Initiative, this program has taken on a new role to inform motorists of the many historical facts about the great women of the state.

It is easy to become inspired by the many New Mexican women who fill these pages. They come from varied cultures and backgrounds, but they all share pioneer status in their mutual quests to make a lasting impact on the lives of New Mexico families and communities. These women serve as examples through their deeds, accomplishments, and trials. They are not just mothers, daughters, sisters and friends; they are military service women, business leaders, healers, and educators. The New Mexico Historical Marker Project serves as a lasting memento of their great accomplishments and contributions to the rich and colorful history of the "Land of Enchantment." New Mexico has many reasons to be proud of these women and their contributions.

Phil T. Archuletta is a native New Mexican, born in El Rito. He is the CEO of P & M Signs, Inc. in Mountainair, New Mexico. Since 1970, he has been involved with the manufacturing of the New Mexico Historical Markers. He is passionate about sharing the stories of the state’s colorful history. He serves on the Board of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque and is the author of Traveling New Mexico, also published by Sunstone Press.

Rosanne Roberts Archuletta was born in Philadelphia. She, like so many of the women in this book, fell in love with New Mexico. She is the Principal of R. M. Roberts and Associates, LLC, a human resources consulting firm.


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YESTERDAY IN SANTA FE
Episodes in a Turbulent History
By Marc Simmons

Historic photographs, index

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When was Santa Fe under siege? Who was the local witch reputed to fly around in an egg? Which governor found his chair thrown into the street? Why were Judge Eaton's burros so expensive? What was the Santa Fe--Granada, Spain connection? What city celebration was sixty years too soon? Which governor paid a bribe to win a horse race? Who was "Telegraph" Aubry and why was he famous? What ended the usefulness of the Santa Fe Trail?

Do you know the answers to these provocative questions? Marc Simmons does. And in this witty but historically accurate book, he takes readers on a fact-filled but fun journey into Santa Fe's unusual past.

Historian and author Marc Simmons has received many awards for his research and writings on the American Southwest. He is known for his ability to ferret out true but little-known episodes in New Mexico history.

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ZIG ZAG CANYON
The Legend of Gold Gulch
By Ron Feldman and Mic McPherson

Gold was plentiful in the early 1800s and one mine in particular-the Lost Adams Diggin's-was one of the most notorious. Here is a story that is richer than gold-one that has to be told.

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